If you're new to Carmen, start with something from the early sixties (e.g. the newly reissued "Bittersweet"). You'll not only hear the consummate jazz artist and song interpreter but a vocal instrument capable of producing lovely, sustained tones.
This album, a fine representation of Carmen's night club act in the 80's, not only captures her voice with almost overly "present" audio fidelity but demonstrates her uncanny sense of time and ability to phrase behind (way behind!) the beat. And as always, Carmen is in charge of the drama in every lyric, never leaving the slightest doubt about what word she's singing.
At times on this album--the beginning of the last decade of her career--I have the feeling that Carmen's expressive intentions exceed her vocal equipment, producing a few forced, even distracting, tones in the upper register. Also, the repertory is at best inconsistent ("Superwoman," "New York State of Mind," and even "Send in the Clowns"--at least without Sinatra--are some of the tunes that have not fared all that well with the passing of time).