La Tanya Hall: Straighten Up and Fly Right


Straighten Up and Fly Right


La Tanya Hall (vocals)


It's About Time (Bridge 9284)

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La Tanya Hall (vocals), Angelo DiPippo (accordion),

23-piece orchestra conducted by Angelo DiPippo


Composed by Nat King Cole; arranged by Angelo DiPippo


Recorded: Glen Cove, NY, 2006


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

It takes more than a great voice to be a great singer. You need musical intelligence, taste, style, consistency and an attitude. La Tanya Hall exhibits all those qualities on It's About Time. There is not a clunker performance among the dozen cuts. Hall shines on ballads and up-tempo numbers and all in between. She is backed by an orchestra led by arranger/conductor Angelo DiPippo that successfully creates a modern-day sound reminiscent of the great swing bands that often backed Sinatra.

On "Straighten Up and Fly Right," Hall's pipes aren't tested as much on some other numbers on the album. But her engaging storytelling ability, phrasing and hip attitude are on full display. Hall's distinctive smoky smooth voice is a pleasure to hear as she runs through Nat King Cole's narrative. It's fun. It's nonsense. It's swing. You get the whole package from this artist. Ladies and gentleman, La Tanya Hall is a real honest-to-goodness jazz singer.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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