Zara McFarlane 2nd long player evidences a lot of growth and maturation in her artistic style. She is steadily evolving into one of the best jazz vocalist of her generation. With her first album - "Until Tomorrow" (2011) - it took a while for me to become attenuated to her tone and style. On that first project while interesting and engaging, she could be accused of having been a tad too earnest with material that was not fully developed. With "If You Knew Her" the difference is palpable - the compositions are a mix of well chosen covers (Police and Thieves, Plain Gold Ring); and well written originals (she Is credited with eight tracks). As a jazz composer she shows a lot of promise - i.e. Woman in the Olive Groves. The arrangements are sparse and tend toward a blend of modal and post bop stylings - all of which compliment her fluid vocals and allows her to flex and fly. A good example is the track Angie La La where she duets with a new (to me) singer named LeRon Thomas- it's a great track and qualifies as the album's centerpiece. Throughout the project, McFarlane has honed in on an identifiable sound that builds on the foundation of her 2011 debut. It does not hurt that she is a featured artist on the Brownswood Recordings imprimataur. This is a nice association and apt sound for her - one is pleasantly reminded of the high standard and enduring quality set on Jose James' 2008 Brownswood debut "The Dreamer". I predict similiarly for "If You Knew Her". This is the sound of my winter and coming spring, overall well done Ms!