Add the talented voice of Emilie-Claire Barlow to a list that includes Diana Krall, Madeleine Peyroux, Regina Belle, Rossana Casale, Stacey Kent, Jane Monheit, Holly Cole and Sophie Milman.
These women all share an affinity for the Great American Songbook, they love bossa nova and samba, they have substantial vocal chops and they sing in two or more languages to cement their savoir-faire.
That's all here in a moody version of "The Very Thought of You", "Les Yeux Vert", sung beautifully in French, and a reading of the '60s pop hit "Dream a Little Dream of Me".
The arrangements are fresh and focused, and all her own. Joined by an all-star band and some fabulous guest soloists, Emilie-Claire leads the group, including a large string ensemble, through gems from the American Songbook ("Almost Like being In Love", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Surrey With The Fringe on Top"), beautiful bossa novas ("So Many Stars", "De Conversa Em Conversa"), and even a few tunes in French.
Emilie Claire has a tendency at times to fall into a breathy little girl voice that's meant to be winsome and sexy, but the affectation simply detracts from her sophisticated persona, which is underscored by the fact she produced and arranged the entire session, and arranged and conducted the string parts.
No small feat !