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CD REVIEW: Dorothy Leigh - A second chance
By Ivan Nossa - 02/13/2011 - 02:10 PM EST

Artist: Dorothy Leigh
Album: A second chance
Genre: Jazz/Funk/Pop/R&B
Sounds Like: Natalie Cole, Shirley Bassey
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Don’t call me a full, Don’t hang up, Home again, Never did I ever stop loving you, Gone away to stay
CD Review: This is the new and first album from the new American songstress Dorothy Leigh. It is produced by the highly professional and talented Alva Nelson for Whitley Productions Inc.

This is a really pleasant compilation of 10 original songs of various styles all in tradition of great voices and entertainers. It is a soul album with contaminations from r & B, pop and jazz music.

The producer also writes three songs. “A second chance” is an autobiographical song that refers to the life of Mrs Leigh, it is a ballad with flavors from the ‘70s and  r&b with great voices from the Background Singers. “Gone away to stay”  talks sweetly about the ups and downs of a relationship and also has a very nice male voice that duets with Dorothy Leigh. The flute brings magic to the track. “Time to go” is a atmospheric ballad with a stylish vocal performance by the singer.

Two songs are written by Mrs Janice Robinson. “Don’t call me a fool” takes us to an Aretha Franklin concert. It has got a very passionate gospel and soul vibe. Magic brass section and superb arrangements turn this song into a classic. “Don’t hang up” makes you immediately want to move with its Motown rhythm and magic backing vocals, one of the best vocal performance of Mrs Leigh.

Five songs come from the mind of the composer Mrs Juanita Fleming.  “Home again” is an touching ballad, sung with absolute elegant style. “Never did I ever stop loving you” is in the style of classic big bands with a great piano and trumpet playing and again superb arrangements. It has a Natalie Cole sound. “Confession” and “Whenever we touch” are reminiscent of Brazilian feel good moods. “I’m gonna love you forever” is a sweet love ballad. A jazz piece with a perfect vocal interpretation.

This is absolutely a good album. The arrangements, orchestration, recording, song writing are close to perfection. Even if this is her first cd the voice is mature, she can sing from gospel to jazz with mastery and class. Her voice has a feel good sensation to it that makes it all magical and agreeable to listen to. 

This album is called “A second chance” but if she sings like this I guess one choice could be enough.

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