A Time for Love

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Anyone who doubts that jazz has international appeal should examine the history of Charito, a jazz and pop singer who was born and raised in the Philippines, moved to Tokyo and visited Montreal in the late 1990s to record A Time for Love with French-Canadian jazz players. A Time for Love is Charito's sixth album, but it marked the first time she recorded mostly standards. Although Charito has also done her share of straight pop, her approach is mostly jazz-oriented on this session. Charito's robust phrasing is heavily influenced by Nancy Wilson, and while she isn't innovative or overly original, she's likable and competent on familiar tunes like "Star Eyes," "Nature Boy" and "Misty." Charito also turns her attention to such R&B/pop hits as Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" and Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love," demonstrating that both can work in an acoustic jazz setting. Although not fantastic, this is a pleasant and decent release.

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