The beauty, charm and allure of singer/pianist/songwriter Chiara Civello's debut, "Last Quarter Moon," makes for an auspicious beginning and marks the first revelation of the new year.

The beauty, charm and allure of singer/pianist/songwriter Chiara Civello's debut, "Last Quarter Moon," makes for an auspicious beginning and marks the first revelation of the new year. The Italy-born, New York-based Civello performs her material in that zone where pop, bossa and jazz intermingle, crafting indelible melodies like the two strong leadoff tunes ("Here Is Everything," "The Wrong Goodbye") and allowing enough room for her support band of jazz musicians to stretch. With her Jonatha Brooke-meets-Luciana Souza voice and style, she sings in English, Italian and Portuguese with quiet caresses and heartfelt melancholy. While 10 of the dozen songs are hers, Civello also covers Brazilian songstress Rosa Passos (a chilled "Outone") and Suzanne Vega (a mysterious "Caramel"). The only critique: The CD's glisten begins to pale after song eight.—DO