Charene Dawn, a singer originally from Chicago, made her debut as a leader on this CD. Her deep, heavy, and haunting voice is particularly effective on ballads and she is versatile enough to sound comfortable on modal material too. The much-missed Bob Berg takes several fiery tenor and soprano solos while pianist Henry Hey is a bit reminiscent in spots of McCoy Tyner. With a fine rhythm section plus vibraphonist Joe Locke, the singer sounds inspired throughout, including performing duets with Locke and bassist Avishai Cohen. The material includes pop tunes from Minnie Riperton and Phoebe Snow plus a few jazz standards and Dawn's "Here and Now" (which sounds very similar to an Abbey Lincoln song). Charene Dawn's voice is appealing and she displays great potential for the future.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow