Lauren White: At Last – Lauren White, vocals – with Bill Cunliffe, piano; Anthony Wilson, guitar; Ricky Woodward, tenor sax; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Mark Ferber, drums – Groove Note Records

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Lauren White: At Last – Lauren White, vocals – with Bill Cunliffe, piano; Anthony Wilson, guitar;  Ricky Woodward, tenor sax; Chuck Berghofer, bass; Mark Ferber, drums – Groove Note Records Multichannel Hybrid SACD – GRV1037-3, 49 mins. **1/2:

This disc was preceded with an immense amount of hype from the major audiophile-oriented resellers. A new artist, on Groove Note Records, an instant slam dunk, yes? No! I’ve tried to listen to this disc repeatedly over the last few days, and with the exception of a couple of pretty good tunes (My Funny Valentine, in particular), I just can’t enjoy this recording. Not that the recording is bad – it’s superb in every way possible from an acoustic standpoint – but, the vocals have a sophomoric quality that makes it damn near impossible to embrace this disc. Maybe I’m being a little jaded, because there are so many trying to make a go of this repertory, but very little here by Ms. White seems to work. She seems to have a great deal of promise, it’s just not realized on this disc.

TrackList: My One And Only; All I Do Is Cry; Blue Bayou; Do You Remember; Mack The Knife; Love For Sale; Brand New Love; Superstar; My Funny Valentine; Why They Call It Falling; At Last.

– Tom Gibbs
 

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