What Love Is

What Love Is

by Erin Boheme


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Wisconsin native Erin Boheme was only 18 when she found herself recording for the house that Carl Jefferson built: Concord Jazz. Some people who heard What Love Is, Boheme's debut album, questioned whether or not it belonged on a jazz-oriented label; truth be told, this 2006 release has as much to do with jazzy pop as it does with jazz. But even though Boheme is by no means a jazz purist, she is clearly jazz-influenced -- and besides, the late Rosemary Clooney was a fixture at Concord throughout the '80s and '90s despite the fact that her specialty was jazz-influenced traditional pop rather than hardcore vocal jazz. So stylistically, this crossover effort (which is best described as traditional pop meets vocal jazz meets adult contemporary) isn't inappropriate for Concord. If Boheme is a crossover artist at heart, that's fine as long as she strives for quality -- and this is a pleasant, if undeveloped and mildly inconsistent, debut from the Midwestern singer. Concord was obviously hoping to reach the Norah Jones crowd with What Love Is, which makes sense because Boheme's vocals hint at Jones in addition to hinting at Billie Holiday. Boheme favors a sweetly girlish approach, although she seems to be aiming for some of Julie London and Peggy Lee's sultriness as well. And even though her performances aren't breathtaking, Boheme shows herself to be a likable singer on a CD that ranges from a few Tin Pan Alley warhorses (including Sammy Cahn's "Teach Me Tonight" and Cole Porter's "Let's Do It") to Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" to several tunes that Boheme co-wrote. This is by no means a bad album, although it is the work of an artist who still has some growing and developing to do. All things considered, Boheme is worth keeping an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431228622
catalogNumber: 2286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erin Boheme   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Billy Childs   Piano
Tom Scott   Saxophone
David Foster   Piano
Corey Allen   Conductor
Kevin Axt   Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
George Doering   Guitar
Charles Everett   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Joel Taylor   Percussion
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Gregg Field   Drums
Susan Chatman   Violin
Richard Kaufman   Conductor
Christian Scott   Trumpet
Dave Foster   Piano
Susan Rishik   Violin
Taylor Eigsti   Piano,fender rhodes
Billy Childs Trio   Piano
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Martha Lippi   Cello
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Karen Elaine   Viola
Aaron McClendon   Drums
Harish Raghavan   Bass
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jack Wilson   Composer
Patrick Williams   String Arrangements
Corey Allen   String Arrangements
John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Rob Chiarelli   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Tom McCauley   Producer,Engineer
Mike Melvoin   Arranger,Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Mark Portmann   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Gregg Field   Producer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Dave Foster   Arranger
Bill Schluger   Composer
Mike Corda   Composer
Taylor Eigsti   Arranger
Seth Presant   Engineer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
Danielle Brancazio   Art Direction
Erin Boheme   Composer

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What Love Is 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should take the time to hear this voice. "One Night with Frank" is a fantastic salute to Ol' Blue Eyes and "I Love Being Here with You" and "Don't Be Something You Ain't" and "Someone to Love" are also particular favorites. It's been a long, long wait for her second recording, but it's just a week a way now. .... a patient, but devoted listener from Wausau, WI.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a breath of fresh air this talented young artisit is! The melodies are lovely, her voice is beautiful, her song-writing talents amazing! A definite must no matter what your musical tastes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to beleive a 19 year old can emote such waves of love, (unrequited/otherwise) hope (Don't br Something You Ain't), fun, lust and thoughtful expression. We look forward to her next effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful cd this is! Erin Boheme sings so beautifully, with her smooth jazzy voice. Tons of fun to listen to! My favorite song is "One Night With Frank!" :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a vocal, contemporary jazz album, but it blew me away. Erin's voice is incredible and the fact she has a song about Frank Sinatra on her album is inspiring. The CD is both soothing and uplifiting from start to finish, great vocal talent.