DO ME AGAIN
Freddie Jackson (Capitol 92217)
It's easy to understand why it's so tempting to compare Freddie Jackson to Luther Vandross. After all, both singers are ,, blessed with light, creamy voices, flawless technique, and a real gift for crooning. But where Vandross likes to power through his love songs, Jackson invariably takes a lighter touch, and that's what makes his "Do Me Again" worth replaying. Whether riding )) the slow, sinuous groove of "Love Me Down" or breathily declaring his devotion in the soulful "I'll Be Waiting for You," Jackson understands that sometimes, the soft sell is the most convincing.
Judge her by the company she keeps, and it's hard not to be impressed with singer and pianist Shirley Horn. With "You Won't Forget Me," that company includes such stellar soloists as Toots Thielmans, Wynton and Branford Marsalis and, on the title tune, legendary trumpeter (and longtime admirer) Miles Davis. Yet Horn would be worth trumpeting even without the celebrity cameos, for few singers could ever hope to top what her soft, satiny voice can do with a melody. Best of all, Horn doesn't interpret a song so much as inhabit it, and the insinuating charm she lends "Come Back to Me" or "It Had to Be You" is unmistakable and irresistible.