Janis Siegel: The Tender Trap (1999)
Though the tepid "Too Darn Hot" is again too darn long, her maternal tribute of "How Deep Is The Ocean?" dives back into real feeling. Siegel’s "Dreamsville" duet with guitarist Russell Malone is gentle and harmonic-ous and her query into "How Long Has This Been Going On" elicits a "little wow" indeed. The lighthearted ultimatum of "Tulip or Turnip" and the two-tune/two-tone theme of "the Strayhorn/Mercer combo "All Roads Lead Back To You/I Thought About You" finish the set with a represetnative setof contrasts. Though it may take a few chapters to come to appreciate noteworthy characters like Michael Brecker and Hank Crawford, their story ends well and is worth a read or two.
Track Listing: 1. That Old Black Magic 2. My Ship 3. (Love Is) The Tender Trap 4. Change Partners 5. I Just Want to Make Love to You 6. Too Darn Hot 7. How Deep Is the Ocean? 8. Dreamsville 9. Touch of Your Lips 10. You Bring Out the Lover in Me 11. How Long Has This Been Going On? 12. Tulip or Turnip 13. All Roads Lead Back to You/I Thought About You
Record Label: Monarch Records