Erin Boheme What Love Is
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- Released: April 4, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - p.137"[T]he best number on Boheme's 11-track debut is a self-pinned ditty called 'Don't Be Something You Ain't'....Unquestionably promising..."
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Personnel: Erin Boheme (vocals); Erin Boheme; Larry Koonse, George Doering (guitar); Robert Matsuda, Ronald Folsom, Sharon Jackson , Charles Everett, Margaret Wooten, Susan Rishik, Susan Chatman, Endre Granat, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Carole Mukogawa, Karen Elaine (viola); Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Martha Lippi (cello); Christian Scott (trumpet); Taylor Eigsti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Dave Foster , Mike Melvoin, Billy Childs, Billy Childs Trio, David Foster (piano); Brian Bromberg (bass instrument); Aaron McClendon, Gregg Field, Joe La Barbera (drums); Joel Taylor (percussion); Tom Scott (saxophone); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Audio Mixer: Josiah Gluck.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: Brian Bromberg; Dave Foster ; Mark Portmann ; Mike Melvoin; Taylor Eigsti.
Wisconsin native Erin Boheme was only 18 when she found herself recording for the house that Carl Jefferson built: Concord Jazz. Some people who heard WHAT LOVE IS, Boheme's debut album, questioned whether or not it belonged on a jazz-oriented label; truth be told, this 2006 release has as much to do with jazzy pop as it does with jazz. But even though Boheme is by no means a jazz purist, she is clearly jazz-influenced. So stylistically, this crossover effort (which is best described as traditional pop meets vocal jazz meets adult contemporary) isn't inappropriate for Concord. If Boheme is a crossover artist at heart, that's fine as long as she strives for quality--and this is a pleasant debut from the Midwestern singer. And even though her performances aren't breathtaking, Boheme shows herself to be a likable singer on an album that ranges from a few Tin Pan Alley war-horses (including Sammy Cahn's "Teach Me Tonight" and Cole Porter's "Let's Do It") to Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" to several tunes that Boheme co-wrote. This is by no means a bad album, although it is the work of an artist who still has some growing and developing to do. All things considered, Boheme is an artist worth keeping an eye on.
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