Chari’s strong mix of material, which blends well-trodden standards, originals co-written with keyboardist Lars Potteiger, and recent tunes from the rock canon cover a wide range of styles and showcase her alto voice to fine effect. The band assembled around her with Potteiger, alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo (doubling on soprano sax), bassist Dan Asher, Daniil Davydoff on violin and Vin Scialla on drums and percussion and provide empathetic support and first rate solos, especially from Potteiger on “Semblance of Truth” and from DiRubbo throughout the set. Chari’s interpretation of Cole Porter’s classic “Love For Sale” features a buoyant horn chart and grooving Latin rhythm, keeping the tune fresh. Her vocal delivery is subtle, and silky, and the covers of Phoenix’ “Lasso” and “Black and Blue” by the Counting Crows are vehicles for her rich tone. 

“Patchwork,” indeed, is a hodgepodge of elements that define the direction jazz has been heading in the past several years, managing to reconcile the rich history of the music with contemporary elements that have always been hallmarks of the genre. Dheepa Chari’s assured vocal delivery, knack for choosing intriguing songs, especially from the modern rock genre, and chemistry with a group that she shares the space with in equal measure display that jazz is always about exploration and that she is a talent deserving wider recognition. The concoction of well known older pieces, with newer ones assures that new generations will check the art form out.