Spend a lazy afternoon with Regina Belle
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What I like best in a singer is a gift for bending notes. Jazz singers improvising wildly, especially in live performances tickle my spine. And my pleasure in gospel is mostly about the melisma.
Lazy Afternoon is the first Regina Belle CD I've heard. It is a blend of pop-jazz and pop-r&b. She's good at note bending. Unlike many gifted pop singers she doesn't destroy the effect by pushing her talent beyond the limits of good taste.
Not for the jazz fascist or funk purist but easily enjoyed by those of us who enjoy fresh workings of traditional pop singing.