Three years after the release of singer Carla White's previous Milestone album (Mood Swings), she finally emerges with a new gem. True, her voice on Listen Here sounds as if she has experienced a great deal of life in the meantime, but it has lost none of its power, flexibility, optimism, or sensuality. Joined by tenor great Lew Tabackin and a strong rhythm section, White really stretches herself on the diverse program, which ranges from wild scatting and long vamps to ballad interpretations that would do credit to Susannah McCorkle. Whether it be an eccentric calypso duet with bassist Dean Jackson on "It's Only a Paper Moon," a touching "Lotus Blossom," or an unusual vocal rendition of "Harlem Nocturne," Carla White takes plenty of chances throughout her very satisfying release. Jazz needs more singers like her.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow