Dee Daniels and The Metropole Orchestra: Wish Me Love

Great evergreens and power-packed big-band arrangements provide a vast musical stage for the four-octave range of Dee Daniels. Whether the Canadian vocalist is belting out “Sweet Georgia Brown,” crooning “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” caressing “Time After Time” or swinging “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Daniels conveys the sense that she means every word of every song. The European orchestra, conducted by Rob Pronk, works each jazz classic to the max, merging brass choirs, elegant strings and dynamic rhythm work into a rich landscape. – Patricia Myers