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Serendipity Street by Chantal Chamberland

Canadian born vocalist/guitarist Chantal Chamberland shines on her latest release Serendipity Street. Edith Piaf, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald are just a few of the musicians that influenced Chamberland. With an uncanny ability to stretch the lyric, and phrase in a sultry, and pensive manner, Chamberland has a lot going for her. On this outing, she is surrounded by musicians who work well in her world.

There have been so many vocal versions of the Ellington standard, "Solitude" over the years; one might wonder why we need to listen to yet another one. What makes this version special is the way Chamberland digs deep into the crux of the melody. Caressing the lyric with feeling and longing, Chamberland captures the spirit and beauty of this timeless classic. There is sympathetic playing from the band.

"Cheek To Cheek" is given a warm reading by Chamberland. Thoroughly enjoyable, Chamberland is always in control, never overextending the melody. Smooth as butter phrasing with a tinge of optimism and hope, Chamberland is able to create an uplifting version that has plenty to offer.

Willie Nelson's "Crazy" is another tune that is well suited to her style of singing. With a slow, relaxed tempo, Chamberland is able to relax and let the melody flow off her lips like drops of rain on a hot summer day. What is most enjoyable is the way she stays with the melody, never straying off the beaten path.

"Faded Valentine" is one of two bonus tracks. Written by Sharon Washington, this is a piece that is both sad and reflective. Maybe there is lost love about to be reconciled. Chamberland wears her heart on her sleeve as if personally relating to the lyric. A fine example of control, feeling and discipline, Chamberland takes the listener on a journey not soon to be forgotten.

One of the most beautiful melodies ever written, Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" is given the royal treatment. With a deep resonant voice, Chamberland embraces every note with urgency and despair. Of all the songs on this collection, this one deserves special attention for the way Chamberland uses her voice to maximum effect. Heart wrenching and sincere, Chamberland rises to the occasion with a delivery second to none.

On this, her second release, Chamberland continues to grow and develop into one of the finest vocalists on the scene today. Serendipity Street is not only enjoyable from beginning to end, it also resonates with a blossoming talent deserving wider recognition.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Chantal Chamberland
  • CD Title: Serendipity Street
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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