On her debut album, Passing Thru, Cambridge, Massachusetts, export Audrey Ryan sifts through decades of musical influences in an attempt to create something unique and engaging. At times, she comes pretty close.
Upon first listen, the disc sounds anything but formulaic. With its liberal use of jazz progressions, quick tempo shifts and a vast sea of musical influences, the album has myriad sounds and reflections. Ryan and co. combine folk, funk, jazz, Latin and soul in the course of 13 tracks -- a pretty ambitious undertaking.... Read more