Possessed of a limited middle-range voice, Charleston wisely chooses tunes that both fit her voice and have a tale worth telling: "What drives me is my passion to breathe life, honesty and integrity into every song and story." She's at her best on numbers like Lennon-McCartney's "In My Life," Evans-Lees' "Waltz for Debby," and the standard "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered." The latter features Bruce Barth's lovely intro and Charleston's silky rich and expressive renditions of the verse and chorus, which are graced by Joel Frahm's breathy obbligatos and Barth's sensitive asides. Charleston captures our attention completely through her heartfelt approach. This vocalist doesn't scat or take great liberties with the melodies that she sings, but she really doesn't need to. Frahm's tenor solo is further evidence of his emergence as one of today's top young saxophonists. Charleston's moving reprise and Frahm's delicately spun, complementary coda conclude this highly recommended track.
June 17, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: 200s jazz
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