For her first release on Universal, the singer Fleurine gives the listener something unique. Her style draws
from a variety of influences, but they've melded together beautifully in this collection of songs. Despite the broad stylistic range of the music, there's a definite flavor throughout
this record. "Close Enough for Love" is the title track, and the music here has a certain 'closeness'. The duo format with pianist Brad Mehldau, augmented by strings on three tracks, is a
decidedly intimate one. This music is never pushy, but prefers to draw the listeners into its world, and slowly seduce them.
Fleurine's first C.D.on the BlueMusic label entitled "Meant to Be!" included a great band made up of Tom Harrell, Ralph Moore, Jesse van Ruller, Renee
Rosnes, Christian McBride and Billy Drummond, with Don Sickler arranging and producing. On this widely acclaimed debut album, (which will be re-released by
Universal,) Fleurine proved to be a talented lyricist who likes a challenge. She set lyrics to songs that one wouldn't expect a lyric on - compositions from
the likes of Thad Jones, Kenny Dorham, and Thelonious Monk.
Fleurine's vision lies in her ability to see a potential lyric over melodies that we know as characteristically instrumental.
She continues in that vein here, setting words to Pat Metheny's guitar melody on "Better Days Ahead", and three of Brad's typically quirky tunes, full of wide
leaps and strange intervals. In her hands, the end result sounds like a vocal melody. Much of that has to do not just with her musical skills, but with her large
knowledge of language, with all its nuances and shadings. One should say more accurately, 'languages': Fleurine is fluent in her
native Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. She pays great attention to diction, and the clarity of the words in her singing is a real pleasure in itself.