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: Im Beginning to See the Light; Lover Man;
Les Cinémas-Bars; Teach Me Tonight; Body and Soul; Someday; The Good Life; Ive Got You
Under MY Skin; Hot Night in Baton Rouge; Dont Get Around Much Anymore; Smoke Gets in
Your Eyes; Lhymne à lamour.
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).
Year Released: 2006
| Record Label: Self Produced
| Style: Vocal
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.