This CD, Dream On, by New Hampshire-based Kathleen Kolman, was one of those incredible surprises that one stumbles on every now and then. Until you listen, one cannot appreciate the rich, deep tonality of Kolman's voice. Not only am I surprised at the beauty of this unique voice, I am intrigued at the application of this voice to the popular Latin and original tunes.
"Dream On," the title track, is in fact, that Aerosmith classic by Steven Tyler. In Kolman's hands, this is a soulful and passionate, bluesy ballad. Kolman's voice gives this tune a whole new life. While that track is entertaining, it pales in comparison to any track in which Kolman is singing in the Portuguese of Brazilian jazz. Then, I cannot even describe how natural this voice is to listen to.
Melting mocha ice cream with fudge sauce, that is what comes to mind when I listen to Kolman deliver these wonderful tracks. One cut after another I was further convinced that Kolman had transcended genetic and cultural boundaries and was, in fact, saturated with that Latin jazz gene that few others have truly possessed.
She has it! She can swing, bop, groove and melt! The extensive list of musicians backing up Kolman on this CD provide a solid canvas for her to paint a rich picture of a song. Kolman is a solid and sultry songstress and is convincing in all the formats shown on Dream On.