Patrisha Thomson - Wild is the Wind - PT

Anyone who has the summertime urge to slip into something cool will want to try Patrisha Thomson’s new album on for size. On her new release Wild is the Wind, this L.A.-based vocalist delivers Great American Songbook faves and more with an engaging easy elegance. She has a light touch that’s expressive and nuanced, providing a balm to these unsettled times. Wild is the Wind offers a collection of beloved tunes by the likes of Ellington, Jobim, Rodgers and Hart, and Johnny Mercer, plus an original bonus track. Patrisha is clearly having a ball when Mon David joins her for a swinging, playful take on “Route 66”: The twosome are clearly on the same page musically. “Just Squeeze Me” is seductive and classy, with nice interplay between Patrisha and bassist Ken Wild. The singer’s tasty delivery of the chestnut “Frim Fram Sauce” is certain to pique a listener’s appetite for more. Her take on “There is No Greater Love” is uptempo but still heartfelt. Patrisha can be counted on to subtly crank up the emotional temperature on ballads, including the remarkably soulful title track.