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JAZZ ALBUM BRIEFS

June 22, 1986|LEONARD FEATHER

"WHATEVER WE IMAGINE." Janice Borla. Sea Breeze SB 2029. Backed by a chamber jazz quartet (vibes, guitar, bass, drums), Borla applies her mellifluous soprano to new or unhackneyed songs with intelligent lyrics and absorbing melodies (by Bobby McFerrin, Jeremy Lubbock, Horace Silver, Diane Snow). Her wordless passages mesh admirably with the vibes and guitar, and her jazz sensitivity is both educated and emotional. Only problem with this generally promising debut is the occasional intonation flaw, especially on the one standard, "Prelude to a Kiss." 4 stars.

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