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Album Review

Ann Hampton Callaway came to jazz through a background in cabaret. The rich-voiced alto has a touch of vibrato which she uses effectively. With a fine rhythm section consisting of pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Victor Lewis, she mines the treasures of the Great American Songbook with a personal touch, showing off with a bit of effective scatting in "What Is This Thing Called Love," and delivering a playful "Comes Love" that is complemented by Wycliffe Gordon's gritty, muted trombone, along with a suitably dreamy "Lazy Afternoon." Callaway has a few surprises in store as well. She masters Chick Corea's demanding "Spain" with ease while she uncovers "On My Way to You," a forgotten gem by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman. She proves herself to be a talented songwriter with the soft bossa nova "Save a Place for Me" and the heartfelt "Finding Beauty," both of which add guitarist Rodney Jones and Latin percussionist Emedin Rivera. There are some misfires. Joni Mitchell's quirky "Carey" is an ill fit with the rest of the album, while the dull, narrow range of rocker Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" simply doesn't suit Callaway's rich voice. But these tracks are minor glitches in an otherwise outstanding release.

Customer Reviews

Where is Cole Porter when needed?

I can only imagine the superlatives Mr. Porter would have come up with to describe Ms. Callaway's stunning talent. Surely she would have had her own mention in "You're The Top." Quite simply, she is one of the most stunning vocalists performing today. From the rich and sultry voice to her impeccable musicianship and interpretive skills, Ann Hampton Callaway is as good as it gets. This recording is the perfect Valentine's Day gift- show that person you love how much you love them by gracing them with this collection of beauty and taste.

Another treasure

This album is slow and warm and sweet and pure and ... utterly enjoyable. It's a gift.

Brava!

"At Last" is the total package: warm, heartfelt and superbly performed and arranged. This is a must-have album for every Valentine's Day...and all the days in between.

Biography

Born: May 30, 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Pop/jazz singer and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway is the daughter of television journalist John Callaway and vocal coach Shirley Callaway, and the sister of Broadway performer Liz Callaway. She was born and raised in Chicago. Her earliest recordings were on a series of releases by Ben Bagley's Painted Smiles label; she recorded bonus tracks for CD reissues of Noel Coward Revisited (1990), Cole Porter Revisited (1991), and Alan Jay Lerner Revisited (1992), as well as appearing on recordings of the...
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