March 30, 2005


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Christine Rosh0lt, Detour Ahead
Idea Dog Productions, 2006

Jazz chanteuse Roshalt’s control over the two-maybe-three octaves she bubbles throughout Detour is hypnotically relaxing in precisely the tradition she’s aimed for, a puttering ’30s/’40s sass-fest that could get through the dusty-vinyl detectors with barely a hitch, save, of course, for the no-skin-pore-left-uncounted digital microscope under which it was recorded. Without clipping her words, forgoing subtlety or American-Idolizing things into a sterile hunk of polyunsaturated bosh, Roshalt sheds all modern bloviation and makes em like they used to, wasting no time before taking on “Why Don’t You Do Right”-era Peggy Lee in a pure-silk version of Brooks Bowman’s “East of the Sun.” At that point and throughout, you’re transported to a ruminative, cell-phone-free clime cooled by a bulky fan perched on the windowsill, her elegant backup quintet keeping pace while serving to support and occasionally goose her. Keyboardist Tanner Taylor has his own moment or two, particularly in the Hammond-driven “Honeysuckle Rose.” B+

— Eric W. Saeger

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