Kat Edmonson, "Old Fashioned Gal" (Spinnerette Records)
Kat Edmonson's "Old Fashioned Gal" sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film, 11 self-penned songs of gentle romance and vulnerability in a decades-old style sparkling with modern sensibilities.
And then there's her voice. Part bashful debutante, part starry-eyed fiancee, part world-wise seductress, it possesses a singular expressiveness that puts her at the curious intersection of Karen Dalton, Blossom Dearie and Eartha Kitt.
Coming off a successful album with producer Mitchell Froom — "The Big Picture" from 2014 — Edmonson takes charge here with songs she wrote...