Picture your home as a night club setting. Now picture who you would have on your stage singing at your night club home setting. Would it be Ella? Would it be Nina? Would it be Sarah? Ontario born, British Columbia expat Flora Ware could make a case for being a choice with her second album Insight.
Ware has the silky night club sound down pat, but also incorporates some pop melodies on track "Feeling Good" and she is at home with this. There are elements of the traditional jazz female vocalist in Ware's delivery but there are also elements of a pop delivery and it works on this album.
Writing or co-writing on five of the ten songs on this album also gives Ware another avenue to express herself. Her lyrics and sensibility and delivery shine through on her song "Let Go." Often times a singer (when up there by themselves) cannot connect or bring through what the lyrists is trying to say with their songs, but most times when you write your own material, you know how it needs to be sung.
Instrumentation also plays a key role on Insight. Peter Berring on the keys, Tim Tweedale on trumpet and bassist Rick Kilburn are not set in the background as almost a Muzak setting in order for an artist/singer to be upfront. Bassist Kilburn makes himself known on the song "Save Your Love For Me" with his lines. Ware’s version of the Haven Gillespie, Egbert Van Alstyne, Victor Young and Wayne King-penned "Beautiful Love" could be the standout track on the album. Sung many times, in many forms and in many ways, Ware brings a modern feel to the song, but also keeps in its antique form.
Picture your home as a night club setting. Now picture who you would have on your stage singing at your night club home setting. Would be it be Ella? Would it be Nina? Would it be Sarah? It could possibly be Flora Ware. To give you an insight on what your home night club could sound like, Ware is where you may want to start.