Luxuriate in Linda’s Brazilian-tinged romp through a tropical rain forest of sounds in “I Wished on the Moon,” followed by the sultry elegance of the Old South in “’Tis Autumn.” The note-caressing singer singer unfurls a typically musical theater classic like “It Might As Well Be Spring” into silken smooth splendor. Then she does the unexpected. “Just in Time” – highlighting bass and drums – is transformed into a complex rush of breathless urgency that happens under the notes. And, as she opens with “I Concentrate on You’s” lament “whenever skies look gray to me,” Linda parts the clouds and sends brilliant beams of warmth into one’s heart.


An exciting experimentalist, Linda might change the backdrop of a familiar tune, like Cole Porter’s “From This Moment On,” through layered improvisations. But she stays true to the rhythm, lyrics and melody. Resolute longing engulfs “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”; “September in the Rain” gushes with unmannered seductive joy; and a mournful grace illuminates “Moonlight in Vermont.”


The perpetually sunny “My Favorite Things” gives way to a tortured tango-esque gravitas of “Have You Seen the Moon?” From the subdued ecstasy of “Like a Lover” to the luscious ache of “Falling Grace,” Linda will traipse across “the meadows of your mind” with a gracefully intelligent rendition of “You Must Believe in Spring.”


Continue past an up tempo “Where or When,” then get lost in the vocalist’s heavenly seductions dressed in “Moonfall’s” sensuous dew. The recording ends in a rapturous burst of “Zip A Dee Doo Dah’s” wonderful day. Linda Tate engages us with music for all kinds of weather…anytime.


Lucia Mauro


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