Lisa Kirchner: One More Rhyme
As many of her contemporaries do, Kirchner uses different sets of musicians for this session. Accordionist Walter Kuehr shows up to give a French bistro flavor to "Joana Francesa". This relaxed mood continues on the Kirchner composed "One More Rhyme" , a story filled with melancholia and musically well put together. James Weidman gets a good deal of piano time on this track. The singer's offering of "All or Nothing At All", done with a subtle Latin beat, matches performances of this song by such geniuses of the vocal arts as Sarah Vaughan, Chris Connor and June Christy. Kirchner's voice and expression comes closest to a combination of Christy and Sheila Jordan. But it's the sensitivity to music and lyrics and the way she works with her sidemen that brings her version to the level of these other singers. Kirchner manages to successfully combine ingredients of country and blues on "Red Sails".
The singer's father is Leon Kirchner, an important American classical composer having been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for one of his works. This album is strong evidence that his daughter has taken full advantage of these formidable musical genes. One More Rhyme is highly recommended. The lyrics are reprinted in the liner notes.
Track Listing: Lisa Kirchner - Vocals; James Weidman* - Piano; Marcus McLaurine - Bass; Dave Gibson* - Drums; Ron Jackson# - Guitar; Yosuke Inoue# - Bass; Jimmy Madison# - Drums; Walter Kuehr# - Accordion
Personnel: Autumn Leaves (Feuilles Mortes)*; Cora
Record Label: Albany Records