VOICES Notes and news on Jazz Vocals releases
28 FEB 13 ANNE FARNSWORTH
Erin Boheme released her first album, What Love Is, at the tender age of 18. A set of American Songbook standards, it catapulted her into the camp of young up-and-coming jazz artists. Her sophomore offering, What A Life, is a collection of pop-inflected originals and covers and a much more personal statement.
Produced by Michael Bublé, the ten tracks chart the ups and downs of a young woman’s loves and losses, explorations and discoveries. On the opening cut, “Everyone But Me,” the narrator watches her former lover dance with a new flame at a party. Guitarist Dino Meneghin’s fuzzy slide work and drummer Rob Perkins’ relaxed yet insistent backbeat plant the tune deep in bayou country.
“I Missed You Today” opens with a sweet duet between Boheme and pianist Alan Chang (who also works with Bublé) before moving into a country pop groove. On Coldplay’s “In My Place,” Boheme takes Chris Martin’s very personal delivery to another level of intimacy, imbuing the plaintive line, “How long must you wait…” with a deep, longing ache.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel as Boheme takes us on her journey. The David Foster composition, “The Last Time,” originally recorded by Eric Benet, is upbeat both in tempo and sensibility. The album closes with country artist Gretchen Wilson’s “I’d Love To Be Your Last.” Another paean to the promise of new love, here it’s arranged as a duet featuring jazz singer and fellow Concord artist, Spencer Day.