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by C. Michael Bailey
West Coast/East Coast vocalist Deborah Latz has release two well- received CDs to date: 2004's Toward Love and 2008's Lifeline (both on June Moon Productions). Coming from a stage background, Latz has no problem instilling drama into her interpretations and does so without sounding like she is trying too hard, a pitfall of many of her contemporaries. Latz has a probing and brilliant alto voice that can achieve several ends at the same time. She can readily conquer the sharp ...read more
by Suzanne Lorge
Deborah Latz is a bold singer with a strong sense of her own musical identity. So sure-footed is she that it's hard to imagine her needing a lifeline--she's more the type to throw one to the sinking. Lifeline does just that--the 14 tunes pull the listener into Latz's fast-moving ship as it skims across her repertoire of standards to safety on the opposite shore. Latz kicked off the CD at New York's The Kitano on October 1, 2008, and for ...read more
by Andrew Rowan
A sure-footed singer possessing a mature sound and an attractive, lived-in voice, Deborah Latz uses Toward Love as an opportunity to explore a traditional set of popular standards with satisfying results. A swinging It Had to Be You sets the pace with the band providing great ballast for her vocal. What a treat it is to hear drummer Jimmy Wormworth motor the proceedings on brushes. The ability to imbue a song with honest emotion informs Latz's forthright reading ...read more