By Chip Deffaa
Updated June 11, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

A gutsy, larger-than-life song stylist with debts to Bessie Smith, Al Jolson, and Janis Joplin, Dexter has earned unanimous raves for her New York club work. Singing of love, death, and time’s all-too-swift flight, she packs a wallop. Although she still has some rough edges (and deserves better production values), this is an important recording debut.