Arlette Beauchamps: Love Again (2001)
No one can quarrel with the purity of Beauchamps' voice, the emotional ardor of her delivery or her diction. But there are problems. One is that she loses the pitch from time to time such as on the opening bars of "Tonight". But the major limitation which keeps this album from an excellent rating is that her voice is so dominating it needs stronger accompaniment. On the big band recreation of "You Do Something" to Me she is given sufficient carpet over which she can float her delivery. On most cuts she and her sidemen seem to be separated, like she's in one room and they in another, with no communication. Moreover, it sounds in some cases like there are two sets of arrangements, one for the musicians and another for the vocalist. It's too bad, because Beauchamps has much to offer with the potential to be a real force in the jazz/traditional pop arena.
Track Listing: Speak Low; Inchworm; Tonight; `Round Midnight; Let's Do It; Love Again; You Do Something to Me; Moonlight in Vermont; Love for Sale; The Man I Love; Just One of Those Things
Personnel: Arlette Beauchamps - Vocals; Gary Motley - Piano; Dan Krimm - Fretless Bass; Darryl Cornut - Bass; Nat Smith - Drums; Jothan Callins - Trumpet
Record Label: Ren-e-'san(t)s Records