Oleta Adams is a singer of immense talent. Her love of the voice -- its grace , timbre, tonal inflections and purity -- give her free rein to take on a variety of vocal personalities and style, including R&B, jazz, gospel and rock. The standing-room-only crowd had the rare opportunity to hear the largeness of this singer's talent in an intimate setting.

Oleta Adams is a singer of immense talent. Her love of the voice — its grace , timbre, tonal inflections and purity — give her free rein to take on a variety of vocal personalities and style, including R&B, jazz, gospel and rock. The standing-room-only crowd had the rare opportunity to hear the largeness of this singer’s talent in an intimate setting.

She greeted the audience with “Circle of One” and “Rhythm of Life,” two numbers from her debut release, “Circle of One.”

The show seemed to be divided into three parts — after performing songs from “Circle,” Adams quickly launched into “The Day I Stop Loving You,””When Love Comes to the Rescue,””My Heart Won’t Lie” and others from her latest Fontana/Mercury release, “Evolution.”

Adams also converted the Roxy into a storefront church with “God Has Smiled on Me,””Since I Laid My Burdens Down” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

There were times, though, when the band was so loud that it tended to drown out Adams’ voice, which momentarily resulted in her losing her eloquence. This was particularly evident on “Lover’s Holiday,””Easier to Say Goodbye” and “Window of Hope,” possibly because these are tunes that require a larger sound.

But overall the band was with her, and special mention should be made of Scott Mayo’s sensuous sax intro on “New York State of Mind,” and guitarist Aaron McClaine, who played a torrid yet fluid solo during “Rhythm of Life.”

Adams in the ballad mode is most mesmerizing — she infuses the songs with a drama and sensitivity that leaves you limp, and hungering for more.

Oleta Adams

(Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood; 450 capacity; $ 17.50 top)

Production

Promoted by Avalon. Reviewed Nov. 10, 1993.

Cast

Band: Oleta Adams, Aaron McLain, David Garfield, John Cushon, Allen Kamai, Scott Mayo, Dee Harvey, Valerie Pinkerton-Mayo.
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