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May 2011: Music Review - Intimate Moments:
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Hot on the tails of her debut album the vivacious Ms Leigh is back with a new album jazz and pop standards. Intimate Moments is a collection of ten tracks with Dorothy Leigh performing to pianist/arranger/producer Alva Nelson intricate and velvet gloved performances. Most of the ten songs picked for this album are familiar to all and I guess make up quite a bit of Ms Leigh's current concert and cabaret repertoire. The songs are: Wave, What A Difference A Day makes, Everything, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life/In A Sentimental Mood, Nature Boy, Someone To Watch Over Me, Sophisticated Lady, I Wish You Love, Our Love Is Here To Stay, and When Sunny Gets Blue. With only the piano, and some very impressive performances there by Alva Nelson, the lyrics come to the fore and Ms Leigh's diction is so clear you can understand every word. I'm not sure if it is just my ears but Ms Leigh's vocals seem a tad huskier than on the previous album - which doesn't detract from the album, and in truth offers a more soulful performance. Intimate Moments is a fine sequel to A Second Chance, and it offers an impressive showcase for Ms Leigh as an interpreter of the classic songbook. The late great Jimmy Durante [a man with a unique vocal style himself] would describe Dorothy Leigh as a dame with a fine set of pipes, and I wouldn't argue with that.



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