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Temptation

 

Temptation is a stellar example of creative courage. Given her large and loyal international audience, powerhouse Canadian jazz vocalist Chantal Chamberland could easily have played it safe by delivering an album of Songbook standards sure to please the following she has built over the last two decades.

Instead, a rigorous search for new and oft-unconventional material resulted in a generous collection of 14 songs for which the description 'eclectic' is an understatement. Her seventh full-length release, Temptation features such classics as "I Put A Spell On You" and ""I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" nestling alongside tunes written or made famous by artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, Rodriguez, Cher, U2, and modern rock band Snow Patrol.

Chamberland makes this seemingly unlikely song selection work by breathing vibrant new life into every single one, assisted by the inventive arrangement and production choices she makes and the stellar accompaniment of her carefully chosen cast of A-list players.

 

The diverse material, showcases her impressive range as a vocal stylist. While always avoiding vocal gymnastics, Chamberland moves from quiet and intimate to sultry, sensual and soulful with seamless ease.

The result is a Temptation you will gladly and inevitably succumb to.