Judi Silvano: Let Yourself Go (2004)
Silvano's precise enunciation and poignant reading raise "I'm In the Mood For Love" to a high level of communication. Her lone accompanist is Rufus Reid, who is supple and supportive with textures that add resonance and the pith. Silvano sketches a strong portrait on "When I Fall In Love," ably supported by trombonist Dan Silverman, pianist Michael Abene, and drummer Newman Taylor-Barker on brushes, all of whom shade the vocals and add a compelling dimension. Another outstanding performance comes on "Let's Fall In Love," her voice full of yearning and expectation.
As an arranger, Abene knows how to chart the course of the instrumentalists to get the best out of them and into the song. In addition, he opens the playing field, a prime instance coming on "Why Do I Love You?" Silvano scats, Reid scampers, the horns exult in unison, Dick Oatts gets the alto edgy and keening, before Silvano gets back to scat and sing.
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Track Listing: Let Yourself Go; Let's Fall In Love; Why Do I Love You?; I'm In The Mood For Love; I Only Have Eyes For You; When I Fall In Love; I Could Write A Book; I Love Paris; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Goodbye; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Personnel: Judi Silvano--vocals; Michael Abene--piano, arranger & conductor; Rufus Reid--bass; Newman Taylor-Baker--drums; Dick Oatts--soprano and alto sax; Ingrid Jensen--trumpet and flugelhorn; Dan Silverman--trombone; Mayra Casales--percussion; Roger Rosenberg--bass clarinet and baritone sax; Akua Dixon--cello; Jamie Baum--alto flute; Nita Goodgal--background vocals
Record Label: Zoho Music