I have an unabashed enthusiasm for singer/songwriter Laurin Talese, a Philadelphia based vocalist who demonstrates uncommon originality and vision on her splendid debut, Gorgeous Chaos (self-released). She’s a co-writer on half of the album’s twelve tracks, which are boosted with tight, sophisticated arrangements and by ace accompaniment. As a singer, Talese is sure to make waves with the neo-soul ballad “Winter” features a high-grooving keyboard solo by Robert Glasper, which anchors the album, and also with the jazz-pop confection “Kissing A Fool,” a flawless duet she performs with Vivian Greene. I love the way Talese confidently navigates the zippy Broadway cadence of “This Love” and brings an upscale panache to “Made Up My Mind,” a swinging track with a buoyant Joe Sample-like piano solo by the remarkable Eric Wortham. The album is delivered like a Valentine and Talese’s voice carries the day, soaring with warmth, sincerity and an abundance of grace.  (12 tracks; 54 minutes) (Available for download on iTunes)

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