When jazz singers interpret popular music, their main source is often the great standards and Broadway music of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Turning most of their attention to George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other famous composers of that era, they tend to ignore the rock and R&B songs of the last 40 years, assuming they are irrelevant to jazz singing. Yet worthwhile popular music didn't die with the Gershwin Brothers -- great popular songs continue to be written, and on her second Chesky album, Steppin', Christy Baron demonstrates that the popular music of the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's can, in fact, be relevant to a jazz-oriented vocalist.
"Baron and her arranger Didier Rachou somehow manage to bind it all together with an integrity all its own, and a sound that evokes twilit cityscapes and night scenes of contemporary urban life in shades of blue and magenta with neon flashes of pink and yellow. Baron's exceptionally pretty, reed-like voice finds a perfect complement in Rachou's instrumentation, which is intoxicating in its combination of timbres and colors" - The Absolute Sound