Roberta Gambarini You Are There
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- by Linda Ronstadt ~ Duets ~ $10.78
- Released: February 12, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Emarcy / Umgd
Down Beat - p.744 stars out of 5 -- "Gambarini has a way of singing that seem unaffected by any style of the past 50 years, and Jones roots his style firmly in the era when the songs were written. This is an ideal meeting place for them."
JazzTimes - p.125"Like so many works of genius, it is deceptively simple: two superlative craftspeople matching wits while igniting one another's imaginations....Gambarini is one of the most refreshing, most proficient vocalists to emerge since Diana Krall..."
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Roberta Gambarini is a breath of fresh air among female jazz vocalists. Gifted with superb clear diction, a warm engaging voice, and an uncanny ability to bring out the best in each song, Gambarini shines throughout this one-afternoon session, recorded without isolation booths, splicing, or overdubs. Her sole accompanist is the masterful pianist Hank Jones, a veteran who knows something about inspiring great vocalists with his inventive piano playing, having recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, and Helen Merrill during a career that began over six decades prior to this session. The duo chose a wide-ranging mix of standards, show tunes, and jazz compositions (both familiar and lesser-known), along with some forgotten chestnuts of yesteryear. "Stardust" is one of the most recorded works of all time, yet Gambarini recognizes the nuances within it and takes her time exploring each chorus, while Jones' elegant backing and delicious solo are flawless. Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is one of the most demanding jazz compositions, a melancholy ballad with an unusual structure that trips up many vocalists, but Gambarini takes her time with a deliberate interpretation. Their magical rendition of the sentimental ballad "You Are There" (music by Johnny Mandel, lyrics by Dave Frishberg) seems like it would be a natural choice for a film soundtrack. "Deep Purple" may have fallen out of favor in modern jazz, but Gambarini and Jones reveal its timeless quality This exceptional vocal/piano duo recording is clearly one for the ages as well.
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