The veteran harpist, pianist, and singer, Corky Hale, whose generation-spanning résumé includes Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Björk, Barbra Streisand, and George Michael, takes a charmingly imaginative, uniquely collaborative, and lightly jazzy stroll through Great American Songbook territory on this subtly charming set. Alternating between sparse and elegant harp and piano or light trio accompaniment, Hale complements her nicely rendered three lead vocal tracks (including the sweetly sighing "The More I See You") with stunningly beautiful rotating guest spots by a unique array of emotionally equipped veteran and up-and-coming female vocalists, all of whose voices ring powerfully clear with only the harp or ivory accompaniment. These include … Tricia Tahara ("I'm Glad There Is You" and "My Romance").
...Wallace Roney's imprint is all over this session (he co-produced with Lenny White) and Tahara's presentation sustains the same soaring, haunting qualities for which the trumpeter is known. Tahara's gorgeously powerful soprano voice is equally suitable for opera as she proves on "L'Altra Notte in Fondo al Mare" from the Arrigo Boito opera, Mefistofele, which also features the best improvs from Wallace Roney, et al. This is not your usual singer-plus-accompaniment album, but an intoxicating adventure which focuses on a new voice who shows considerable promise.