• Jonathan Widran

REBECCA ANGEL, Love Life Choices

Hot off her hit sensual funk rendition of “For What It’s Worth,” the Vietnam era classic she slyly re-appropriated for contemporary times, and her latest single, a heartfelt, deeply soulful, and jazzy-adventurous re-imagining of Grover Washington Jr/Bill Withers’ Grammy winning classic “Just the Two of Us,” Rebecca Angel makes her long-awaited full length album debut with the vibrant, multi-faceted Love Life Choices.

As with all of her previous singles and 2018 EP What We Had, the soulful and sultry New York based singer, songwriter and vocal interpreter vibes brilliantly with longtime collaborator, veteran keyboardist/producer Jason Miles – who has become something of her personal sonic architect creating a wide range of colorful, traditional, contemporary and Brazilian leaning jazz vibes throughout her burgeoning career.


Following tradition, he’s assembled a great ensemble of top flight veterans to back Angel’s stylish flow – including guitarist Romero Lumbambo, bassist Reggie Washington, drummer Gene Lake and trumpeter/flugelhornist (and Rebecca’s father) Dennis Angel. From “For What It’s Worth” and “Till Now (Gymnopedia No. 1),” a dreamy atmospheric original jazz adaptation of an Erik Satie piece, through a tasty Electro Remix of her 2019 single “Summer Song,” Angel makes every track an intimate invitation to join her as she celebrates her recent marriage and artfully chronicles the pandemic and other important societal issues.


The collection includes dynamic, R&B or Rio-kissed originals, exotic, atmosphere and groove centered re-imaginings of gems by Bob Marley (“Waiting in Vain”), Jobim (“Waters of March”) and Sade (“Maureen”), and a few memorable, previously released singles.