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Look Into My Eyes by Debi Raven

Debi Raven’s debut album is a warm introduction to a vocalist at ease covering a variety of material.

With selections ranging from Fats Waller to Billie Holiday, from Burt Bacharach to Van Morrison, the album serves as a showcase for the singer’s relaxed, pure tones.

The CD opens with the Carpenters’ classic pop number "Close To You." The shimmery arrangement by Ron Kobayashi features a sax solo by Bob Messinger, who played with the Carpenters.

From there, Raven moves to an updated version of Holiday’s "God Bless The Child." It is as smooth and cool as a summer lake.

Other numbers include Morrison’s "Moondance," Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose," and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s "Dindi."

The 10-track album also features two original numbers Raven’s ballad "Look Into My Eyes," and "Feels So Right," an instrumental composition by Kobayashi with Raven contributing lyrics.

Just as the album opened with a pop radio staple, it closes with one. Raven performs an acapella version of The Temptations’ "Just My Imagination." It’s a high point as Raven manages to maintain the song’s breezy vibe while still giving it a fresh makeover.

Throughout the album, Raven has a gentle and unhurried style , taking her time with each song, each note. It serves her well.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Debi Raven
  • CD Title: Look Into My Eyes
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Carpet Cat
  • Tracks: (They Long To Be) Close To You, God Bless The Child, Moondance, Nearness Of You, Honeysuckle Rose, Look Into My Eyes, Dindi, Feels So Right, Besame Mucho, and Just My Imagination
  • Musicians: Debi Raven (vocals), Bob Messinger (sax), Ron Kobayashi (piano and keyboards), Baba Elefante (bass), Steve Dixon (drums), Leo Vigil (percussion), Joe Casados (guitar), Roscoe Bustillos (bass), Ricky Brown (drums), Eric Marienthal (sax), Gil Alcantar (percussion), and Bob Farrell (vocals)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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