Charene Dawn "Dark Angel" [SJL1020]
"...on a bracing interpretation of Mingus’s 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat', Dawn’s full-bodied sound is strongly evocative of Nancy Wilson’s regality blended with the sass of Nnenna Freelon... She delivers a gorgeous 'Smile' filled with reflective tenderness, lends an intriguing air of mystery to 'All or Nothing At All' and delivers a 'Poetry Man' that’s more sensuous than Phoebe Snow’s fragile original ..the title track (Dark Angel)...a sumptuous paean to spiritual redemption... sounds like Black Coffee filtered through the folksy wisdom of Gordon Lightfoot.....stunning" - Jazz Times
"Dawn does more than just hold her own in this august company. The album is pure pleasure from the get-go. The nine tracks, with not a weak link among them, thoughtfully reflect different aspects of the singer’s impressive palette, among them the wonderful sense of time in 'Reasons', a fascinating account of Phoebe Snow’s 'Poetry Man' and the fabulously burnished lower register used to brilliant effect in the title track". - Jazzwise
Charene Dawn grew up in Chicago, and was exposed to that city’s unique blend of jazz and blues, r&b and pop. Her Inspiration is just as likely to come from Steely Dan or Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers or Billie Holiday.
Now settled in New York, Charene has long been recognised by the jazz community as a talent deserving wider recognition, having shared the stage with the likes of George Benson and many other internationally respected performers.
'Dark Angel' is Charene’s debut album and the nine outstanding tracks all bear testimony to her great taste. Joining her on this fine CD are some great musical talents including;