March 1999

Tricia Tahara
Secrets
Savant

Secrets is as much a showcase for Wallace Roney and company as it is for thirty-something vocalist Tricia Tahara, a fine classically trained singer and Berklee grad. Drawing material from a variety of sources, including tunes by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, the singer delivers eight tracks with illustrious assistance from trumpeter Roney, reedman Antoine Roney, keyboardist Geri Allen, bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and drummer Lenny White. Tahara's previous ventures into pop and dance music are evident in her emerging jazz style, and, while she hasn't quite yet captured improvisatory sensibilities with comfortable ease and artful phrasing, she's on her way. Wallace Roney's imprint is all over this session (he co-produced with White) and Tahara's presentation sustains the same soaring, haunting qualities for which the trumpeter is known. Tahara's gorgeously powerful soprano voice is equally suitable for opera as she proves on "L'Altra Notte in Fondo al Mare" from the Arrigo Boito opera, Mefistofele, which also features the best improvs from Wallace Roney, et al. This is not your usual singer-plus-accompaniment album, but an intoxicating adventure which focuses on a new voice who shows considerable promise.

Originally published in March 1999
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