Amanda Ashley Trio
Whether she's parked behind a piano or strapped to a guitar, there's no mistaking Amanda Ashley's vocal flexibility and tone. But on her new CD, "Metamorphosis," and in the trio format, Ashley gets to explore a series of more hushed dynamics. The drama I associate with her solo work is spread more evenly with the rest of her trio. She still sings her head off on stand out tracks like "Normal," and tickles the ivories with maximum quirk on "Opposite Day," while still allowing for some string drenched subtlety on "Goodbye New York." An all-around solid platter from this hard working gal.