“Love Is The Thing” is a superlative collection of jazz and American popular standards, all united by an emerging musical star. Rondi Charleston proves herself as a jazz singer – she can swing in any tempo and puts a glorious sense of space, soul and simplicity in her ballads. “Love Is The Thing” features an all-star lineup of some of the world’s finest jazzmen.
— David Hurst – Show Business Weekly (2004)
“Released on LML in 2001, Rondi Charleston’s debut recording, Love Letters, was terrific with great vocals and beautiful production values. Yet somehow I couldn’t help feeling that she was holding back just a bit with interpretations that were a bit too studied. That’s not the case at all with her follow-up effort, love is the thing, also on LML and newly released this month. Co-produced with Peter Eldridge, with arrangements and musical direction courtesy of Ted Firth, love is the thing finds Charleston coming into her own as an accomplished jazz stylist, singing with a relaxed confidence and impressive technique. The sound is lighter, brighter and cleaner this time around with Charleston’s languid phrasing and superb breath-control a lustrous polish on top of her top-notch band’s crisp and economical playing. A contemporary of artists like Nancy LaMott, Jessica Molaskey and Sarah Zahn, Charleston’s definitely on the right track with love is the thing and it will be exciting to see what she does next. If she trusts her instincts the way she does on “You Fascinate Me So” and “Easy to Love,” the sky’s the limit!”
Rondi's second CD, "Love Is The Thing" is the culmination of a lifetime of making and experiencing music of all kinds. Supported by some of today's leading jazz musicians, Rondi's musicality, passion and spirit transport the listener to a new…