Let's face it, it's far easier for us to listen to and for Jessye Norman to sing Wagner, Richard Strauss, Mahler even Purcell then Le Grand. Like many others, I admire her voice, her interpretation, her artistry and whatever else that comes with this personality. But this disc has not given me that thrill that her other discs have given me in the past.
I think her voice still sounds great, Grady Tate and Ron Carter are as good as ever. It's just that this is not really Jessye's repertoire. To have one or two of these songs in a compilation disc would be excellent, but to listen to a whole disc would be an overdose.
Messieur Le Grand is a great pianist, but I'm not sure whether it is intentional to make both the singer and the pianist/song writer get the same coverage, so that the volume of the piano is louder and the part for the piano is more prominent then an average jazz record. At certain point, the piano is clearly in the singer's way. I'd say this is not a particularly successful "cross-over" attempt. Nevertheless, the cover photo is pretty alluring.