Joyce Breach

Love Is the Thing

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Love Is the Thing Review

by Scott Yanow

A superior cabaret singer, Joyce Breach (who is accompanied by pianist William Roy) mostly sticks to interpreting little-known songs on this set. Four of the 18 numbers are of fairly recent vintage, while the others are generally obscurities (other than "Where Are You" and "Something to Remember You By"). The interpretations are straightforward, and emphasize the lyrics in a tasteful and lightly swinging manner. There is no real improvisation here but, due to the rarity of the material and Breach's pleasing voice, there is no need for it either. Among the songs that are brought to life are "You Are Not My First Love," "Don't Let a Good Thing Get Away," "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me," "It's the Little Things," and "Anyone Can Whistle."

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