George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Julie Benko has a sweet gypsy flair to her voice, and uses it well on this flexible release which features her own material and some clever covers. The core team of Jason Yeager/p, Danny Weller/b and Jay Sawyer is supplemented by various horns, strings, etc to create a variety of mood. She gets klezmery with Dan Levinson’s clarinet on  a winsome “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and melancholic alongside Alon Bisk’s cello during “A Wish.” She’s got a nimble delivery with lyrics, bouncing well on her own “Tomorrow Is A Day For You” and going rapid fire with the hons on “Wonderful, Wonderful Day.” Her duet with Yeager on “Always” is disarmingly intimate and her clever read of John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” is cozy by the fireplace. Creative and swinging.

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