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Rebecca Coupe Franks: Check the Box

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A moderately engaging blend of instrumentals and vocals, Coupe Franks’ vocal debut works best when the leader goes Latinate and uptempo. “Exposure” and “Exposure Duo,” which bracket this well-meaning disk, demonstrate how Coupe Franks’ trumpet prowess exceeds her vocal ability.

Still, Franks can be an expressive singer: the funky, hopeful title track spotlights her small, sultry voice, more supple than that of Summer Corrie, who vocalizes on the hearty, if clichéd, “Be the People,” and “Love Storm,” a stiff tune with an inadvertently oxymoronic title. The band’s attitude can’t be faulted: Coupe Franks and her colleagues, particularly the inventive pianist Luis Perdomo, approach music with passion and zest.

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