When this recording was released in 1996, it marked the first recording in almost ten years for this popular Swedish singer. Baumann made a wise choice selecting standards many people have learned to love over the years.
Opening with a gentle ballad like A Time for Love
makes you wonder why it took so many years for Baumann to enter a recording studio. From the first note, the mood is set with Orrje’s hypnotic piano. As Baumann’s voice gently intervenes, the lyrics slowly unravel the mysteries and beauty of this gem.
Jimmy Van Heusen wrote one of the most beautiful melodies in popular music with Here’s That Rainy Day
. The core of this standard is the haunting sense of a beautiful yet fragile kind of love. With a little help from Lindskog’s smooth tenor sax, Baumann’s signature delivery weaves in and out of each phrase reminiscent of the late Rosemary Clooney.
Tony Bennett aced this one a few years and made it his own like only Tony could. Listening to The Best Is Yet To Come
from a woman’s perspective is refreshing. Having fun with the vocal, Baumann is loose and enjoying it immensely. With a supportive group she succeeds in nailing this one.
Hallgren’s subtle flute on The Good Life
provides a glider like effect to Baumann’s personal rendition. ever so smooth, her voice is right on the money when it comes to "feeling" the lyric. Lindskog’s sax break is a joy to listen to.
Baumann has made a couple of recordings since this release. Her voice has developed even further with her subtleties brought to the fore. Looking back, this collection of standards stands as an example of a veteran performer eager to sing again and make sure the world knows about it.