Sondra Ighner has her audience--at least the male half--in the palm of her hand before she sings a note.
It's something in the way she looks: tall, high-cheekboned, the fashion-model type. And something in the way she moves: During the introduction to her first song, in the Room Upstairs at Le Cafe, her gentle undulations established a special rapport.
Her voice--somewhat high- pitched, soulful, penetrating--generally lived up to the promise implied by these preliminary moments. Along with a repertoire that takes in a few standards such as "It's All Right With Me" and "Lover Man," she incorporated a couple of songs by her celebrated brother Benard.
Clearly the genes are good in this family. In the middle of the set she lured her brother to the piano to sing "Everything Must Change."