La Tanya Hall: Straighten Up and Fly Right
Straighten Up and Fly Right
La Tanya Hall (vocals)
It's About Time (Bridge 9284)
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