Chantal Chamberland has a warm, toasty voice that can light up a dark nightclub and send a glow through her audience. She makes her third recorded outing on Dripping Indigo with a generous helping of songs, most of which dwell in areas that suit her pitch and trajectory perfectly. She gives the up-tempo tunes a nice turn of fleck and dynamics, making this a fine showcase for a singer who deserves more attention.
The Quebec-born singer has selected pieces that are ripe for the picking, including a line of jazz standards, a tune by the Bee Gees, and a couple of French songs. Her version of "Lover Man is her own, with no attempt to do another Billie Holiday take-off. Her husky voicing, with a hint of breathiness, brings in a sexiness that alto saxophonist Paul White gives a deeper impact. A happy, frisky breeze flits across "I'm Beginning to See the Light, fired by a burst of joy from Bil Holianty's tenor sax. Chamberland shows a wider, more expressive range on "L'hymne à l'amour, a heartfelt ballad that throbs with passion and serves as a fitting climax to an enjoyable record.
Track Listing: Once in a While; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; I Wanna be Around; Georgia on My
Mind; One For My Baby; How Deep is your Love: I
Personnel: Chantal Chamberland: vocals, guitar; Paul White: alto saxophone; Bil Holinaty: tenor
saxophone; Bart Nameth: piano; Steve Pelletier: acoustic bass; Dan Lockwood: drums; Bob
Doidge: flugelhorn, trumpet, cello: John Kenyon: piano (7,16,18).
I love jazz because transports me to another reality.
I was first exposed to jazz a concert on the lake many years ago.
I met many musicians at various international jazz festivals.
The best show I ever attended was Jazzascona in Suisse.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
My advice to new listeners is listen to music with an open mind.
Listen, think and share jazz everywhere.