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Worth getting, but not my first pick
on April 18, 2008
This was Flora's second solo album, after "Butterfly Dreams." Where the first album had a more overtly jazz orientation (albeit with mostly electric piano and some funk), "Stories to Tell" shows Flora starting to spread her wings a bit and get away from both traditional jazz and the lighter sound of Return to Forever v.1, of which she was a part. With this album, I hear Flora starting to become more creative and original with the use of her voice, and bolder in her willingness to combine jazz, synthesizers, modern Brazilian pop, and rock/funk guitar into a truly new sound.
The problem is, this album doesn't get all the way there and feels transitional and hesitant to me. Her later albums for Milestone, such as "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" and "That's What She Said" are truly where she found her place as a unique artist, in my opinion. More traditional jazz listeners would probably prefer "Butterfly Dreams" or Return to Forever's "Light As a Feather".
That said, the album is worth getting for those who've fallen under Flora's musical spell.