Erin McDougald is a big-voiced Chicago-based singer who calls herself the “Flapper Girl” after the “flappers” of the 1920s,’ looking back on them as emancipated, fearless women. That identity carries into her singing which comes across with a confidence and flair you rarely hear among younger jazz vocalists today. With her voice carrying a low, sultriness mixed with jazzy flexibility, she does not overtly sound like any of the great singers of the past but she has a versatility and freedom that, at various times, can recall Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald or Chris Connor.
Most of the songs on her CD are familiar standards but the arrangements, most of which McDougald worked on, rework them and give them new life.
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