Sandy Kastel Album Reviews:
This Time Around, Only In Las Vegas, Indiana Rain
“Sandy is without a doubt a great performer and on stage is on par with the best that Las Vegas has to offer. Her soft kitten like voice purrs to the tunes in a similar style of the late Marilyn Monroe, but she can crank up the torch power and belt it out like the power house singers of that bygone era when all of these songs were great."
-Justin Scro, Cashbox Magazine
"This high-octane siren releases the aura of what Vegas entertainment was and still is. Kastel has all the characteristic and signs of a star-class entertainer with an attitude only she can deliver. This hometown girl reveals her passionate love affair for the city with each performance."
-Karl Stober, Jazzreview
"Possessing soothing sultry vocals, Kastel leads the orchestra on musical explorations with a Frank Sinatra medley featuring bits of “All of Me,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Just One of Those Things.” Sinatra would be proud.”
-Edward Blanco, Ejazz News
"Ms.Kastel's strengths clearly lie in breathing her own unique talents into jazz standards that can always use a new interpretation."
-Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation
"Kastel knows how to make the song her own, as she puts her all into each word and line and makes it alive again."
-Music For America
"Sandy Kastel is a wonderfully talented vocalist whose style is definitely rooted in the past. Soft and subtle, When I Fall In Love is a beautiful song made even better by Sandy 's smooth vocals. On her album, This Time Around, Sandy gives a stellar performance and ends with a terrific rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow."
-Bruce Von Stiers, BVS Reviews
"Kastel's got a great voice and a great choice of songs to run through. When she's given a lighter backdrop, using her own pure vocals, in songs such as Misty and My Funny Valentine, she avoids making the whole become too heavy with unnecessary ideas and melodramatic phrasings. That's when Kastel really shines."
-AMG (All Music Review)
"Sandy Kastel offers up an album of standards which are a tribute to the music of old world Las Vegas. With her wonderful voice she belts out such tunes as "Fever", "Viva Las Vegas", "Luck Be a Lady" and many more. If you enjoy musical soundtracks as well as the classic standards, then this release is perfect for you."
-Mite, The Chicken Fish Speaks
"The Album, This Time Around opens with Sandy sailing through a splashy big band bustling "Come Back to Me." Sandy has a flexible and easy-on-the-ears voice. Cozy, well-phrased takes on "Misty" and "My Funny Valentine" are the highlights on the serious side."
-Rob Lester, Sound Advice
"Kastel has the power and range to front a large unit and she seems to enjoy herself. She can handle songs like Don't Rain on My Parade that need to be belted with perfect elocution and more intimate ones like My Funny Valentine, where she is only backed by a trio."
"Where was I all the other times? I surely missed out on great vocal skills and a fantastic combination of great musicians! What a great and varied cd, with a refreshing and fantastic arrangement of "Cry Me a River." Naming another one is "When I Fall in Love" Sandy has an amazing performance and style...fits in perfectly in Las Vegas and is such a lovely and great artist."
-Joost van Steen, Jazz & Blues Tour - The Netherlands
What Sandy Kastel sings in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: It goes National!
Former Miss Nevada & Miss America Talent Winner Kastel breaks into the Top 40 on FMQB AC Radio Stations with her smoky rendition of the Bobby Darin classic "Beyond the Sea" and is surrounded by Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
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