Charmin and guitarist Joel Shapira combine traditional and modern jazz styles to create Charmin & Shapira. Pure Imagination includes sultry sambas, smoky duos and hip group tunes.
“She gently seduces the listener time after time, whether the fare is ageless blues, warm bossa, intimate love song, or upbeat novelty. She's a flower, a lovesome thing.”
–Tom Surowicz (Star Tribune)
On her third CD, "Hot" Charmin Michelle spotlights Doug Haining and the Twin Cities Seven, an exemplary group modeled on Count Basie's Kansas City septet. Haining's clarinet is liquid and lustrous on "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing"; pianists Rick Carlson certainly is fit to sit in the Count's chair, and Gordy Knutson combines precision with easygoing flair. But it's Michelle's show, and she gently seduces the listener time after time, whether the fare is ageless blues, warm bossa, intimate love song, or upbeat novelty. She's a flower, a lovesome thing.
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.