What Are Dabo Girls Made of?

The Thrill of the Chase: A Jazz Cocktail
Neil Hefti, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin

performed by Chase Masterson

10 tracks - 35:12

As the author of _The Music of Star Trek,_ it is my proud duty to present to FSM readers an album from a Star Trek cast member (other than Brent Spiner) who can actually sing.

The Star Trek franchise has long boasted a spellbinding history of epic adventure, bold characters, exotic alien worlds, explosive space action . . . and terrible, terrible singing. Ever since crewman Riley favored us with his rendition of "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" in "The Naked Time," ear-splitting vocal shadings have been one of Star Trek's stocks-in-trade. Leonard Nimoy got his ears wet with "Bitter Dregs" in the memorably humiliating "Plato's Stepchildren," while William Shatner had the decency to keep his vocal stylings offscreen with his amazing album The Transformed Man. The end of the original series didn't put a stop to the trend, either, and actors from _Star Trek: The Next Generation_ and _Voyager_ have cut albums since.

Fans of _Deep Space Nine_ will remember Chase Masterson as [the] adorable "Dabo girl" Leeta, a nubile temptress who seemed to make the world safe for both geek love and interspecies romance by marrying Ferengi barkeep Quark's brother Rom. Masterson never got to sing on DS9 but she must have gotten some practice somewhere. For _The Thrill of the Chase,_ a promotional album only available on her website, the doe-eyed brunette belts out 10 numbers from some legendary American songwriters, and does it in a style that slides comfortably between Streisand, Judy Garland, and Billie Holiday. Songs include Joe McCoy's "Why Don't You Do Right" (Immortalized in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit?_), Irving Berlin's "After You Get What You Want" and "You'd Be Surprised," Rodgers & Hart's "Ten Cents a Dance," and Davenport and Cooley's "Fever," among others. Bill Burchell's arrangements and instrumental performances by the Sharp Sounds Big Band are smooth and atmospheric enough to imagine Masterson serenading you personally, which is what I'd imagine most of us lonely fanboys will be imagining while listening to this album. If you'd like a break from loud pirate movie music, this is an excellent diversion - and proceeds from the album sales go to a Ugandan AIDS charity, so you can feel good about yourself for purchasing it.

--Jeff Bond

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