Sunday, January 03, 2010

Caleb rated


STILL got a headache after partying hard to usher in the teenies?
Why not sooth away the pain with a poultice of cool jazz, courtesy of Elisa Caleb.
The manager-turned-performer works her way through meticulously performed standards such as Swing Low and My Funny Valentine as well as a couple of originals on her debut release Carry Me Home.
And for a first outing Caleb's performance is commendably crisp throughout, although the overall effect is less than challenging - if Caleb was more middle of the road here, she'd have cat's eyes.
Nevertheless with the assured backing band and Caleb in full swing, there's very little not to like here, even if the LP doesn't inspire love in the listener.

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