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Album Review

Sofia Laiti was born in Finland and had lived in the United States for just three years at the time of her debut CD. Although she still has a strong accent (it takes a few songs to get used to it), Laiti's husky voice is easy to understand, and she scats well on a few of the performances. Her set includes six fairly new originals and five standards, which are highlighted by "I Thought About You" and "Sometimes I'm Happy." With tenorman Craig Handy and a strong rhythm section led by pianist John Hicks, Sofia Laiti has first-class accompaniment for her impressive first venture into the jazz big leagues.

Biography

Born: Finland

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A Finnish immigrant who has lived in the U.S. since 1991, Sofia Laiti has shown much promise as a jazz singer and interpreter of lyrics. Laiti, who was originally from northern Finland and later lived in Helsinki, had sung with various Finnish players when she went to New York in September 1989 to record her debut album for CBS' Finnish division, Manhattan Memories, which featured saxman Scott Robinson, pianist Larry Ham, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Klaus Suonsaari. Laiti continued to live...
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