Her sound has been described as warm and unsentimental, not flashy, but polished. Those words are certainly appropriate when you listen to What I See. It is the latest CD from vocalist Judy Wexler. If you are looking for flashiness, you won't find it on this album. What you will get is fine interpretations of songs backed up by outstanding musicians. Wexler is indeed well polished and has a kind of no-nonsense approach to what she does. I think that is a great approach to have and she does it quite well.
She does some seductive ballads and that is probably what she does best. Her long time collaborator and co-producer on the album is Jeff Colello. He plays some splendid piano throughout the recording. His fellow musicians on the album include: Larry Koonse on guitar and ukelele, Chris Colangelo on bass, Steve Hass on drums, Ron Stout on flugelhorn and trumpet, Bob Sheppard on bass clarinet and alto flute, Scott Whitfield on trombone and Billy Hulting on percussion.
Wexler was influenced by Louis Armstrong, Richie Havens, King Pleasure, Irene Kral and Billie Holiday. She does a wonderful rendition of the Oscar Hammerstein, Bert Kamar and Harry Ruby tune: A Kiss to Build A Dream On. That song was popularized by Louis Armstrong. She does songs on the CD that have been kind of overlooked, but are great songs. The release date for the CD is September 10, 2013. Wexler has two shows scheduled for southern California. The first is Friday, September 13, both at Mambo's Cuban Cafe in Glendale and Thursday, October 10. Show times are 8:30pm till 11pm. You can follow her website, http://www.judywexler.com.