Loretta McNair: That's What I'm Here For
That's What I'm Here For
Loretta McNair (vocals)
Intimate Portrait (Myo-On Music 634479940163)
Loretta McNair (vocals),
Ian Francisco (piano, strings), Rob Heard (guitar), Don LaCorte (bass), Mike Weiland (drums).
Composed by Loretta McNair & Ian Francisco.
Recorded: Westminster, CA, 2008
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Loretta McNair has several different singing styles. From cut to cut her voice runs the gamut from folk, country, and blues to a touch of jazz. "That's What I'm Here For" is the most jazz-oriented cut on Intimate Portrait. McNair sings this gentle swing number with a breathy jazz inflection not unlike like that of a high- register Peggy Lee. Funny things can occur while listening to music. Some of the lyrics, referring to lifting a glass, and a bar or two of the music remind me of the theme of the old Lowenbrau beer commercials. When you hear the tune's last phrase, "That's What I am Here For," think "Let it be Lowenbrau." Try that and you will agree with me. Then you and I can raise a glass to this performance.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky