Carmen Marsico: Sogno (2003)
Marsico's choice of material shows a good sense of balance mixing standards with known jazz compositions and two originals. The accompanying group, a guitar plus rhythm section combo, sounds well oiled and crisp, but I have to object to the choice of keyboardist Yonezawa's use of Fender Rhodes throughout, making the session sound very '70s or '80s. The aforementioned Wennas is the apparent leader here, getting off articulate solos.
Marsico's voice is pleasant and well adapted to the jazz sensibility with a faint trace of an accent. She acquits herself well on the two standards, "All or Nothing at All" and "Just One of Those Things," both fairly tired choices on which she scats effectively. A Jobim tune, "Chovendo na Roseira," is handled nicely. On the originals, "Tensions" and "Over Me," Marsico employs a vocalese technique which doesn't really add to the tunes. Her best moments come on the three jazz standards. Monk's "Pannonica" features a little-heard Jon Hendricks lyric. Did he write that for Carmen McRae's Monk tribute? On the Horace Silver ballad "Lonely Woman," Marsico sings the compelling Lorraine Feather lyrics; and the concluding piece, Charlie Parker "Confirmation," features non-Eddie Jefferson lyrics that I'm unfamiliar with.
All in all, a pleasant vocal jazz entry and we look forward to the next undertaking.
Track Listing: All or Nothing At All, Chovendo na Roseira, Pannonica, Tensions, Just One of Those Things, Lonely Woman, Over Me, Confirmation.
Personnel: Carmen Marsico,vocals; Bjorn Wennas,guitar; Mehumi Yonezawa, Fender Rhodes; Demian Cabuad, bass; Dennis Frense,drums.
Record Label: Beartones