Rob Lester, Sound Advice
Las Vegas-based entertainer Sandy Kastel has come up with an album inspired by entertainers who have performed in the showrooms there. But don't assume this is all razzle dazzle super-charged, overly busy arrangements or some kind of cheese factory. The album opens promisingly with Sandy sailing through a splashy big band bustling "Come Back to Me" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. 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.