December 26, 2009 / No Comments
Roberta Gambarini
So In Love
Listening to the way Roberta Gambarini orchestrates the honey-toned instrument that is her voice, with breathing, phrasing and space, is pure bliss. Combine such artistry with a collection of timeless jazz standards and you have the formula for the the Italian-born singer’s latest, Grammy-nominated recording So In Love. The 13-track collection is a blend of swingers like “Get Out of Town” and “That Old Black Magic” and tender interludes like “You Must Believe In Spring” and “Over The Rainbow”. The singer’s tones are solidly augmented by the presence of greats like saxophonist James Moody, bassist George Mraz , drummer Al Foster and pianist Gerald Clayton, among many others. Roy Hargrove adds his trumpet magic to a very well-done version of the Willie Nelson classic “Crazy”, which Gambarini arranged, as she did with almost all the tracks on the recording. In addition, Gambarini wrote the lyrics for Johnny Griffin’s “You Aint Nothin’ But A JAMF”, as if her performance alone on this project is not enough, and it is more than plenty.

Click here to listen to a clip of “I See Your Face Before Me”.

Tracks: So In Love, Day In Day Out, Get Out Of Town, Crazy, That Old Black Magic, Estate, Golden Slumbers/Here There and Everywhere, I See Your Face Before Me, From This Moment On, You Must Believe In Spring, This Is Always, You Aint Nothin’ But A JAMF, Medley From Cinema Paradiso, Over The Rainbow.