By Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway
To be gentle and understated appears to be the stated mission of singer Lauren Henderson’s way with a song. And the quiet, laser-beam-focused approach works with the well-chosen standards that make up The Songbook Session. The caring, knowing tip-toeing through “Tenderly” and the hushed sultriness lavished upon “Sabor a Mi” bring welcome tastes of sweetness that feel genuine. This is her sixth release (including an EP) on her own label, Brontosaurus Records, serving as her own producer and co-arranger (with her splendid usual pianist, Sullivan Fortner). And it’s often hypnotic. Read the full review here.