有多少爵士歌手会把珍妮丝贾普林（Janis Joplin）列为影响自己最深的歌手？加拿大歌手香朵就是一个少数的例外。年轻时演唱摇滚乐，后来则转为民谣摇滚。由於在演唱时观眾们对於爵士老歌反应特别热烈，在2002年香朵的第一张专辑「This Is Our Time」就是一张爵士老歌翻唱专辑。这张专辑特殊处在於找来知名音乐家、制作人兼录音师鲍伯多伊吉（Bob Doidge）操刀，鲍伯早年与另外一位名制作人丹尼尔拉诺斯（Daniel Lanois，U2、Bob Dylan等）是好伙伴，后来在加拿大成立大道录音室（Grant Avenue Studio），成为当地历史最悠久的第一流录音场所。首张专辑的成功，算是香朵最重要的生涯转型。
Chantal Chamberland is the next great thing. she is from quebec province and lives in hamilton, ontario and has stuck pretty close to home, playing the blues and jazz clubs (1505 club) around hamilton and only rarely venturing to toronto.
At last, because chantal's albums (this is our time and serendipity street) are so good, her talent could not forever be denied and she is getting some play in the USA and she just sang at the montreal jazz festival in july, 2004 and brought down the (outdoor) house.
chantal has a bluesy, husky voice, a la eva cassidy or even janis joplin at times, but not as raw, and her song selection is a mix of her own compositions -- (it's you, the first cut on serendipity street, is one of hers, and is great, as are fever and why don't you do right, on this is our time) -- and classics, billie holiday, ella fitzgerald, edith piaf and lena horne (cry me a river).
chantal sings in flawless and beautifully accented english and french and plays a mean guitar in her own accompaniment. she also has some great jazz trio back-up, particularly on serendipity street.
the best song and my favorite on this is our time is la vie en rose; chantal sings it slowly and plaintively. several of the songs are her own compositions, some good, some so-so; this was her first "big" album. she did a small (four song) album entitled chantal five years ago and she no doubt wanted to demonstrate her creativity.
all of the songs on serendipity street are great, classic choices particularly since i fell for you and the last one -- fittingly -- at last. chantal gives them both a belting out blues and jazz delivery and shows her versatility and ability to shift gears effortlessly from one style to another.
i bugged amazon to get some chantal chamberland cds a month ago and am glad they now at least have this is our time. maybe now they will get serendipity street. if and when they do, buy them both. if you can find the old one with four songs, buy that one too. if you get the two new ones, though, you will be getting in on the ground floor of the next great north american female folk/blues/jazz vocalist -- vive la chantal. ~ John W. Cotner
Chantal Chamberland - This Is Our Time [2002, 2006]
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Slow burning passion and world-weary grit coalesce in the sultry, urban nightclub-style vocals of Chantal Chamberland. The Canadian singer/songwriter mines the depths of emotion once again with her album THIS IS OUR TIME, a collection of original compositions, pop covers and classic torch songs. With her mature, aggressive vocal delivery, Chamberland turns each of these songs into an intense display of soul-searching poignancy. Included is a lusciously smoky rendition of the Peggy Lee classic "Fever", an already sensual song that Chamberland makes even more potent. Also included are covers of Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" and The Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again"
~ Dan Cowan, Music Design
01. This Is Our Time
02. Don't Explain
03. Why Don't You Do Right
04. Here Comes the Rain Again
05. Just the Way
06. Rock Away Baby
08. When You Leave
09. La Vie En Rose
10. The Best Thing