Even when she was studying, every penny she had saved, was spent on travelling to New York City, the holy city of jazz. The inspiration and the musical influences were infinite. Since she released her first CD in 1996, Fleurine has been a remarkable phenomenon in jazz. This vocalist - who writes beautiful, intimate songs with a lot of atmosphere in English, French and Portuguese - succeeded in giving jazz a new colour. Her latest, third, CD Fire, with a.o. drummer Jeff Ballard, accordionist Gil Goldstein, saxophonist Seamus Blake and of course pianist (and husband) Brad Mehldau, could be regarded as a tribute to the songs of her youth. Many of the songs, like Peter Framptons Show Me the Way and the Pretenders song Brass in Pocket, originated in the pop idiom. After Fleurine has dolled them up in her own musical way, they’re almost unrecognizable. Close you eyes and dream away.