With a perky positive delivery and a rock solid group of musicians, Michelle continues to impress with her latest recording. She swings, and swoons in a way all her own that will delight not only listeners familiar with Michelle but also newcomers as well. Her material is carefully chosen to highlight her vocal stylings as well as the caliber of her band.Rock Me To Sleep
is a tight arrangement featuring Michelle’s smooth delivery which harkens back to a period where vocalists flourished. It’s as if she belongs in a different period. Her band has a chance to stretch out offering up some nice playing from Sullivan and Carlson.
Taken at a mid tempo with a bluesy kind of feel, Hungry Blues
showcases Michelle’s ability to straddle a blues number. Where pacing, clarity and restraint are so important, she sails throughout with ease. Her voice is so gentle yet uplifting throughout.
Never exaggerating the lyric, Bli Blip
is a perfect example of Michelle’s ability to maintain vocal control. It is such a delight listening to her. Reminds me so much of some of the great swing singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s like Helen Hume, and the great Dinah Washington.
Making you feel as if she is singing directly to you, Come on Over To My House
makes one feel that count Basie is sitting at the piano in an intimate setting with the lights low, with Harry Edison on trumpet....well, you get my drift. The spirit is captured in this song.
Throughout this recording, Michelle and her group manage to take the listener back to a period in recorded popular music where the song and the musicians mattered. They were the focal point. It was a happening. A rare occurrence these days. Why Michelle's star is not brighter is puzzling. She is such an incredible talent deserving wider recognition. Do yourself a favor and listen to this woman and what she has to offer. Her choice of musicians is first rate, plus she knows how to record a session.