True to Love
Fans of Jane Monheit and Karrin Allyson will enjoy this full-spectrum jazz recording.
An enthusiastic fan once told Anandi, “If I bring a date to your show, your music will make her fall in love.” With a name that means ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit, one could easily infer that Anandi was born to create music that is capable of putting the listener in a very pleasant state indeed, conjuring sounds and images pleasing to the senses. One journalist describes “A rich, dusky voice, poignant lyricism and just a touch of sadness to make the blues go down right.” Whether she’s singing jazz standards or her own original songs, this Portland-based vocalist projects a special mood, mesmerizing the listener with a spacious and thoughtful approach to every song. The daughter of two musicians, Anandi began her career as a guitar-picking singer-songwriter, solidly based in the Boston and New York City acoustic scene. In 2001 she returned to her hometown, Portland, and to her first love: jazz. Developing a repertoire of carefully picked classics, she has chosen material that demonstrates the strength of her voice, while retaining the same serenity and meaningful expression that is the mark of her original material. On her latest album release, True To Love, Anandi offers a collection of jazz tunes past and present, weaving contemporary selections (Mark Murphy's Stolen Moments) with lesser known standards (Undecided), old soldiers (Teach Me Tonight) and her own original lyric (True To Love). Anandi is joined by the superb pianist Randy Porter, saxophonist David Evans, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Todd Strait. Take your time listening to Anandi and her unique approach to jazz vocals, as she draws you into her world, slowly and inevitably, her silky voice bringing you into the blissful state promised by her name.