Regina Belle is well-known by the R&B/pop rank and file. She has scored two No. 1 R&B hits ("Baby Come to Me," "Make It Like It Was").

Regina Belle is well-known by the R&B/pop rank and file. She has scored two No. 1 R&B hits ("Baby Come to Me," "Make It Like It Was"). She also picked up a Grammy Award for "A Whole New World," her No. 1 pop duet with Peabo Bryson. Like many veteran artists lately, Belle has decided to mine the R&B/pop/Broadway classics vault. The result, "Lazy Afternoon," is a vocally and musically tantalizing recording that unequivocally delineates the difference between mere singer and talented songstress. Delivering fresh interpretations, Belle's sparkling vocals and sharp phrasing transport listeners to another time and place. Songs closely identified with such icons as Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding ("Fly Me to the Moon," "Try a Little Tenderness") become her own. A rendering of Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes' "The Love I Lost," which introduces Earth, Wind & Fire's "For the Love of You," is worth the album's cost alone.—GM

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