This CD is a crossover adventure- a musical cocktail of classic jazz standards with a dash of continental, a Latin twist and a splash of the blues. This eclectic atmosphere has always been my home.
"Autumn Leaves" or "Les Feuilles Mortes", the first song on the CD, was a natural crossover, a standard written in French and English. It set the stage for a trip to Paris in 'Padam, Padam,', the frenetic confession about a string of meaningless love affairs. 'Blue By the River', a song I wrote with Galt Mac Dermot, tells the story in a bluesy fashion, of love in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life", evoking an American demi-monde, inspired the title track, "One More Rhyme", which I wrote with James Weidman. "All of Nothing At All', and "But Beautiful", are here rendered with a Latin beat. The very same dilemma of perilous love that they portray, overpowers Joana Francesa in a Brazilian waltz, who pours out her heart in French, in Portuguese and back. When the work was done and the tracks had been assembled and sequenced from the red leaves of autumn to "Red Sails in the Sunset", I realized I had been on a voyage, a road that I always travel when I sing the songs I love. I hope you will enjoy the passage as well. The songs on this CD are gathered to celebrate the journey of the human heart in an international spirit.
- Lisa Kirchner 2000