Admittedly, I am not a jazz fan, never claimed to be and never thought I would ever be. Lea made sure to change that. Now, some may know this artist from her comedy days but her vocal chops were never far behind in between making us laugh at her raucous antics.
This particular collection IS an import so if you can find a copy, DO grab it even if you have any of her other work.
So what makes this so special? Lea has this innate ability to capture the essence of the songs as they were written and meant to be delivered. She is backed by a phenomenal band who will release your mind to the nether reaches of yesteryear. Her delivery is like being on a magical celluloid journey where you are transported between the pages of a Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novel. Fear not, there is no tawdry backroom antics with our chanteuse because she also caresses the notes like an unrequited lover or cloaks them close to her bosom like a long lost friend. In essence, she becomes the songs she is singing; the singer and the song are one and you can't help but feel inspired and awestruck at her remarkable talent.
While other artists out there sing about ambiguous and sometimes noxious things, Lea delivers timeless songs that actually mean something. She honors the names of the very composers to these songs by breathing new life into them to hope another generation will fall in love with them as much as she has.
Sample the tunes, but do BUY the CD. It is sure to get repeat playing in your home or car for a very long time to come.