India’s gift to the world of jazz (and every other imaginable genre of music) is definitely this striking, sexy soprano who is celebrating over 30 years in the business. An extraordinarily diverse artist who can boast of having performed and/or mingled with so many in the celebrity circle, she offers this Best Of collection proudly, accurately displaying some of her finest work. This collection includes her covers of Al Green’s Call Me, Bill Withers’ Let Me in Your Life, and George’s Harrison’s I Dig Love, in addition to her own crisp material of earlier times.
The CD opens with Right Down Here, an R&Bish jazzy tune that fits Asha like a glove, as do all of these cuts. It’s one of my favorites, along with the number two cut, Lies, a moderately-paced jazz/blues number. There are many others here that demonstrate this beauty’s command of the sexy, sultry soprano as an instrument of serious note. As one with an excellent range, she has always done a magnificent job of "playing" her voice in many styles from soft, breathy, and sensuous to raspy and throaty and even playful (if you haven’t heard these before, listen to the aforementioned Lies, You’ve Got to Tell Her, and the dance piece, appropriately titled I’m Gonna Dance for examples of just what I mean).
Asha just recently returned to the U.S. stage, doing concert gigs in New York. I didn’t get to witness the comeback, but I do envy those of you who did. Her fans have a lot for which to be proud.