Charmin Michelle - Destination Moon

Rick Carlson - piano
Keith Boyles - bass
Dick Bortolussi - drums
Doug Haining - tenor & alto saxophones
Bob Byers - baritone saxophone
Pete Masters - trombone
Ronnie Newman - (piano on "Crazy He Calls Me")

"Charmin Michelle sings with “taste and understatement, swing and savoir faire, grace and grooves, intimacy and panache”

Andrea Canter,



Destination Moon - Charmin Michelle
01. Love Me Our Leave Me
02. Where is the Sun?
03. Destination Moon
04. It Never Entered My Mind
05. Swing Brother Swing
06. Somebody's On My Mind
07. Stairway to the Stars
08. Mood Indigo
09. Your Mother's Son-In-Law
10. The Blues are Brewin'
11. I Wished On The Moon
12. Crazy He Calls Me

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CHARMIN MICHELLE, "Destination Moon" (CM) Quite a few of the Twin Cities female jazz singers are brassy, bluesy, gospel-bred belters, who know their Aretha Franklin as well as their Billie Holiday. The girlish Michelle certainly doesn't fit that outgoing mold. Her understated art is more about gentle persuasion, precise storytelling and easy swing. This sophomore CD is an aural charm bracelet filled with swell songs that you haven't heard too often, including Holiday's whimsical "Your Mother's Son-in-Law." "Swing Brother, Swing" lives up to its retro title, "The Blues are Brewin'" finds alto saxophonist Doug Haining ably echoing and updating the great Johnny Hodges, and Michelle's duet with Minnesota Twins keyboardist Ronnie Neuman, "Crazy He Calls Me", is simply sublime.

Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 22, 1998