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"A Profoundly Unique Debut" from Dennis Wong with Women's Radio News

Charmaine's take on "Since I Fell For You," is introduced by a lusty, sweeping piano that sets the lingering velvet backdrop for the sheer torchy elegance of the singer's vocals. It's often in moments like these in the album, where Charmaine's voice lingers as a gentle quaver brimming with barely restrained yearning that the singer truly breathes new life into classic balladry with her rich sense of melody and the warm timbre of her voice. The final, wistful notes of the track, and perhaps any notes sung by Ms. Clamor are simply dazzlingly mystifying.

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POSTED ON AUGUST.05.2008



Classy Jazz, via the Philippines from Don Heckman with Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section E10

When Charmaine Clamor's warm, luscious contralto slips into a rhythmically seductive version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" or purrs through the tender lyrics of "The Very Thought of You," there's no doubt that a first-rate jazz talent is present. Her first album, "Searching for the Soul" (2005), announced the arrival of an impressive new vocal artist who worked her magic with material including Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," Rodgers and Hart's "My Romance" and Gordon and Warren's "You'll Never Know."

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POSTED ON DECEMBER.07.2006



CD Reviews: Searching for the Soul (FreeHam 2005) from Fritz the Nite Owl with Smooth Jazz WJZA 103.5FM/104.3FM, Columbus, OH

Charmaine is a contralto, singing in the lowest ranges of female vocalizing. This register adds enormous warmth, intimacy, sensuality to all of her selections and makes this one of the very best "Jazz for Slow-Dancin' Romancin' for the Wee-Hours" CDs ever recorded. "Soulful" is how one of the many callers described her when I debuted her on my show.

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POSTED ON APRIL.01.2006



LA JAZZ SCENE Raves for "Searching for the Soul" from Jim Santella with LA JAZZ SCENE

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POSTED ON MARCH.01.2006