By Carla B.
” It pulled me like a magnet, Jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.” — Herbie Hancock
First Listen: Lourdes D Baron, ‘Sinatra’
“The night is young, and it feels like, New York, New York,” Lourdes D Baron croons, “I just want to hear some Sinatra, Some Sinatra,” and she’s got a point. “The Feeling Good At Any Age,” Los Angeles Music Awards winning singer is instantly identifiable. To put it pointedly, there is none other like her. This is a fact. That very first time, this is how you will know…remember. How you will recognize. Whether she’s singing from the bottom or the top of her heart… where the sounds soars way up into the recesses of the nights sky or the morning dew…. you can bet your bottom dollar it reaches those that resonate with the distinct sounds of jazz, yes jazz, the sound of love, of music, that thing that makes the world go round. Yes Sir! There is nothing better. Than LOVE.
Three years into her career, she’s let the volume dip a bit, but moments of vein-bulging intensity remain. “As we look at the skyline and I say, man that’s life,” the ole 20′s twang surrounds the deep distinctive yowl with an assortment of new age melodies. At times, the arrangements are downright jarring, as when her deep throaty vocals let fly with some seriously old-fashioned interjections — the repetition of “I just want to hear some Sinatra, some Sinatra. I don’t care where we go.” Or the echoes of “You can fly me to the moon” and “You are such a delight and I like the way you look tonight,” resonance moving amiably along until it builds to one of Baron’s best rafter-rattling bellows. “I just want five minutes more but make it last forever. No Elvis tonight, no now, no never.” A sense of ramshackle playfulness buoys “Sinatra”, as if Baron had made a decision upfront to leave no genre or jazz-music era off-limits in the songwriting and recording process. But this is no mere exercise. Baron use nods to the past as a means of placing her voice at the center of something truly unexpected — remarkable. She may use the same voice she’s always had, but her and her collaborators are still coming up with new ways for people to hear it.” Sinatra gets 5 stars from me!!!!! Cheers, cheers to you Lourdes Baron. Tweet #JazzMusic