The Manhattan chanteuse, Lisa Kirchner comes by her musical talents naturally. Her mother was a coloratura soprano who entertained in New York supper clubs and her father is the prize-winning classical composer, Leon Kirchner. Lisa is no stranger to the stage having performed in the role of Lucy Brown opposite Raul Julia in the Broadway production of Three Penny Opera. In addition to appearances at prime night clubs including the Metronome, Wilson's, Copacabana and Cleopatra's Needle, Lisa appeared at Carnegie Hall with Judy Collins.
This CD presents the singer within two jazz groups, one led by pianist James Weidman and the other by guitarist Ron Jackson. Both combos are a credit to the wealth and health of the New York jazz scene. The leaders are excellent soloists and lend sympathetic accompaniment to the vocalist's eclectic style.
Lisa Kirchner, in my opinion, is a voice of the night. Her beautiful and sultry phrasings are difficult to imagine outside the intimate atmosphere of a cozy and classy night spot. Singing in English, Portuguese and near flawless French, Ms. Kirchner takes the listener on a journey through the songs of the Americas and Europe in a delightful way. From Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's "But Beautiful" to Henri Contet's "Padam, Padam", the singer commands the listener's attention. I especially appreciated her sensitive rendition of Jacques Brel's unforgettable "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (Don't Leave Me).
The title tune, "One More Rhyme" is a collaboration between Lisa and Dave Weidman in the form of a tender jazz ballad. Lisa composed "Blue By The River" with the Canadian born pianist/ composer Galt MacDermot who is fondly remembered as the writer of the classic musical production "Hair" in the days of bell bottoms and flower power. "Blue By The River" tells of the serene Mississippi and New Orleans. The set winds up with a bluesy version of "Red Sails In The Sunset" and some great piano by Dave Weidman.
I really enjoyed this CD and recommend it to those who share my taste for jazz with an international flavor.