Janis Siegel - A Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc)
Released April, 2006
No offense to Cheryl Bentyne (or Laurel Masse), both fine singers in their own right, but for me, Janis Siegel is the female voice of the Manhattan Transfer.
Her solo turns (this is the ninth) are mostly experimental things - at least that's what they appear to be.
For the longest time, I wished that Ms. Siegel would simply record a disc of straight-ahead standards, much like the group's work, and quit trying to do odd stuff.
And when she did one just like that ("The Tender Trap"), I listened to it, said, "That's very, very nice," and put it aside. On the other hand, I've listened to some of these "experiments" again and again.
And that's probably what will happen to this one, too. Most are minor pop songs, in a number of styles, but most with a Latin beat.
It's an eclectic collection.
The opening "Hidden Place" is a cover of a Bjork tune, of all things. …