What Love Is

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Wisconsin native Erin Boheme was only 18 when she found herself recording for the house that Carl Jefferson built: Concord Jazz. Some people who heard What Love Is, Boheme's debut album, questioned whether or not it belonged on a jazz-oriented label; truth be told, this 2006 release has as much to do with jazzy pop as it does with jazz. But even though Boheme is by no means a jazz purist, she is clearly jazz-influenced -- and besides, the late Rosemary Clooney was a fixture at Concord throughout the '80s and '90s despite the fact that her specialty was jazz-influenced traditional pop rather than hardcore vocal jazz. So stylistically, this crossover effort (which is best ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Wisconsin native Erin Boheme was only 18 when she found herself recording for the house that Carl Jefferson built: Concord Jazz. Some people who heard What Love Is, Boheme's debut album, questioned whether or not it belonged on a jazz-oriented label; truth be told, this 2006 release has as much to do with jazzy pop as it does with jazz. But even though Boheme is by no means a jazz purist, she is clearly jazz-influenced -- and besides, the late Rosemary Clooney was a fixture at Concord throughout the '80s and '90s despite the fact that her specialty was jazz-influenced traditional pop rather than hardcore vocal jazz. So stylistically, this crossover effort (which is best described as traditional pop meets vocal jazz meets adult contemporary) isn't inappropriate for Concord. If Boheme is a crossover artist at heart, that's fine as long as she strives for quality -- and this is a pleasant, if undeveloped and mildly inconsistent, debut from the Midwestern singer. Concord was obviously hoping to reach the Norah Jones crowd with What Love Is, which makes sense because Boheme's vocals hint at Jones in addition to hinting at Billie Holiday. Boheme favors a sweetly girlish approach, although she seems to be aiming for some of Julie London and Peggy Lee's sultriness as well. And even though her performances aren't breathtaking, Boheme shows herself to be a likable singer on a CD that ranges from a few Tin Pan Alley warhorses (including Sammy Cahn's "Teach Me Tonight" and Cole Porter's "Let's Do It") to Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" to several tunes that Boheme co-wrote. This is by no means a bad album, although it is the work of an artist who still has some growing and developing to do. All things considered, Boheme is worth keeping an eye on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431228622
  • Catalog Number: 2286
  • Sales rank: 66,536

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erin Boheme Primary Artist, Vocals
Brian Bromberg Bass
Billy Childs Piano
Tom Scott Saxophone
David Foster Piano
Corey Allen Conductor
Kevin Axt Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
George Doering Guitar
Charles Everett Violin
Ronald Folsom Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Larry Koonse Guitar
Joe La Barbera Drums
Mike Melvoin Piano
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Joel Taylor Percussion
Margaret Wooten Violin
Gregg Field Drums
Susan Chatman Violin
Richard Kaufman Conductor
Christian Scott Trumpet
Dave Foster Piano
Susan Rishik Violin
Taylor Eigsti Piano, fender rhodes
Billy Childs Trio Piano
Robert Matsuda Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
Martha Lippi Cello
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Karen Elaine Viola
Aaron McClendon Drums
Harish Raghavan Bass
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Technical Credits
Brian Bromberg Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jack Wilson Composer
Patrick Williams String Arrangements
Corey Allen String Arrangements
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Guy Chambers Composer
Rob Chiarelli Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Tom McCauley Producer, Engineer
Mike Melvoin Arranger, Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Mark Portmann Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Gregg Field Producer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Dave Foster Arranger
Bill Schluger Composer
Mike Corda Composer
Taylor Eigsti Arranger
Seth Presant Engineer, Digital Editing
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Danielle Brancazio Art Direction
Erin Boheme Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    You should take the time to hear this voice. "One Night wi

    You should take the time to hear this voice. "One Night with Frank" is a fantastic salute to Ol' Blue Eyes and "I Love Being Here with You" and "Don't Be Something You Ain't" and "Someone to Love" are also particular favorites. It's been a long, long wait for her second recording, but it's just a week a way now. .... a patient, but devoted listener from Wausau, WI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL, SASSY, GREAT!!!!

    What a beautiful cd this is! Erin Boheme sings so beautifully, with her smooth jazzy voice. Tons of fun to listen to! My favorite song is "One Night With Frank!" :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she's "it"

    Hard to beleive a 19 year old can emote such waves of love, (unrequited/otherwise) hope (Don't br Something You Ain't), fun, lust and thoughtful expression. We look forward to her next effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Contemporary Jazz

    This is a vocal, contemporary jazz album, but it blew me away. Erin's voice is incredible and the fact she has a song about Frank Sinatra on her album is inspiring. The CD is both soothing and uplifiting from start to finish, great vocal talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Lovely!

    What a breath of fresh air this talented young artisit is! The melodies are lovely, her voice is beautiful, her song-writing talents amazing! A definite must no matter what your musical tastes!

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