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Prelude to a Kiss by Brigitte Beraha

Got No Blues, the striking first track on vocalist Brigitte Beraha’s debut album Prelude to a Kiss conjures a shifting and shadowy noir world of lovers who discover they may be happier lying to each other than opening their eyes to the truth. Her band, prodded by sympathetic support from pianist Barry Green, surveys an ambiguous, misty landscape. Penned by Beraha, the tune is unsettling and seductive.

Aside from another original composition, "Sunlight on Your Face," the rest of Prelude to a Kiss is comprised mostly of standards and charts safer territory. After the ethereality of the opener, Beraha’s arrangement of "I Didn’t Know What Time It Was" barrels ahead with headlong momentum, adding witty emphasis to Lorenz Hart’s ode to the disorientation of love. Elsewhere, Beraha’s light and lovely take on "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" escorts the listener on a leisurely stroll by the Brazilian coast.

Prelude to a Kiss is a promising debut from the London-based Beraha. Possessed of a fine voice, her compositions are an additional asset. It would be interesting to see what avenues her own writing might take her down on future efforts.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Brigitte Beraha
  • CD Title: Prelude to a Kiss
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: FMR Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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