By Preston Frazier, Something Else!
ROBIN MCKELLE – ALTERATIONS (JAZZ/POP): There’s a danger in navigating well-worn pop standards. Singer Robin Michelle seems to jump into the challenge with both feet. The resulting album, Alterations, shows that fortune does indeed favor the bold. Michelle’s take on “Ordinary Love” makes sure not to copy the Sade original. Instead, she and producer/pianist Shedrick Mitchell utilize Robin McKelle’s expressive phrasing, as well as fantastic backing by drummer Charles Haynes and bassist Richie Goods, to create an enchanting experience from start to finish. Also, check out “Jolene.” Read full article here.