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Linda Eder has recorded steadily and performed judiciously since then, declining to play hundreds of concerts per year, as other singers on the way up often do. As a result, she has managed to preserve and nurture that remarkable instrument despite the passage of decades, as she proves beyond doubt in her newly released, 17th solo album, "If You See Me."

To anyone who values Eder's work in mainstream, swing-tinged repertory - apart from her forays into country-pop singing and self-styled songwriting - "If You See Me" will come as balm. For during the course of its 12 tracks, Eder delivers gems by Styne, Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman and, of course, the Gershwins with all the power, sumptuousness and sensuousness of sound one has come to expect from her (she even renders Andrew Lloyd Webber palatable).

But there's more here, as well. The insight of Eder's interpretations, the audaciously slow tempos she takes in certain ballads, and the layers of nuance and texture of her vocals indicate an already accomplished singer digging deeper.

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