Singer Vanessa Rubin released a marvelous series of compact discs between 1992 and 2001 on the Novus and Telarc labels. Among the highlights were "Pastiche" from 1993, "I'm Glad There Is You: A Tribute To Carmen McRae" from 1994, "Vanessa Rubin Sings" from 1995 and "New Horizons" from 1997. As a performer, she has always been the consummate jazz singer who appreciates and conveys the subtle nuances of a song. Never one to engage in vocal acrobatics, Rubin has a lean, straightforward style that reminds one of Ella Fitzgerald in non-scat mode. She has sung everything from Duke Ellington to Steve Wonder and Sting and done it convincingly and with great skill. It's been a while, however, since Rubin released a CD - the last one I'm aware of is 2001's "Girl Talk" - and so it was a welcome surprise to learn of and listen to her latest recording, "Full Circle," from 2013. Rubin's already impressive talent seems to have blossomed. "Full Circle" is not just more of the...
Rubin is one of those rare exceptional vocalists who is unfortunately underexposed and underrated. She shines in this collection as she does in her stellar recording Tribute to Carmen McRae. In the latter recording she virtually channels McRaes.
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