Linda Ciofalo's Sun Set has connected all the dots to make for an impressive listening experience. Starting with a concept--songs with the word sun" in the title, or sun-related--the package offers an eclectic collection of selections, innovative arrangements and performances by an engaging vocalist with major chops and choice instrumentalists: John di Martino (piano), John Hart (guitar), Marcus McLaurine (bass), Joel Frahm (sax) and Matt Wilson (drums). Ciofalo's vocal clarity is refreshing and she knows what to do with her instrument. She can deliver a ballad reading with warmth, but also has enough of an edge to ...read more
"Sunny, in addition to being a description of the weather, can be used in reference to a positive disposition. Linda Ciofalo creates a sunny atmosphere with Sun Set. Complemented by a small ensemble of sidemen, she delivers an album worthy of Janis Siegel or Tierney Sutton. Inspired by a televised appearance of the legendary Sarah Vaughan, Ciofalo took an interest in vocal jazz in the 1980s. She earned a spot in a big band jazz orchestra, which led to her career as a New York nightclub singer, also performing at social functions, private parties and political fundraisers. In ...read more
Jazz singer Linda Ciofalo has been working at her vocation for some time as one of the busiest vocalists on Long Island, New York, appearing at a variety of jazz clubs, venues and wineries.
On Sun Set, her second album, Ciofalo has the good fortune--or good friends--to provide A-List musicians including saxophonist Joel Frahm, guitarist John Hart, pianist John di Martino, bassist Marcus McLaurine and ubiquitous drummer Matt Wilson. The album has a concept, with five tunes having the word sun" in the title (although one sneaks by with orange"). In addition, songs like Madonna's La ...read more
Timbre, taste and time are three admittedly subjective considerations that resonate most with this listener, with respect to Jazz vocalists.
With Take The High Road, New York based Linda Ciofalo's sparkling clarity of tone, sensitive interpretation of lyrics and consistent ability to swing effortlessly, represent positive examples of these traits.
You Do Something To Me", a seldom heard Cole Porter song, provides a spirited up-tempo opener. Her distinctly bright sound projects itself immediately, with swinging bass and guitar support.
Abby Lincoln's Throw It Away", which is becoming a new standard, especially for female singers, has a lilting, blues-based feeling. Steve ...read more
Now comes another entry on the expanding female vocalist register with New York's Linda Ciofalo's first album featuring a program of standards and contemporary pop sprinkled with two of her originals. Ciofalo exhibits a high degree of vocal versatility and flexibility with a variety of singing styles. On Cyndi Lauper's contemporary adult pop tune Time After Time" she assumes that disillusioned, bored-with-the-world stance that seems to shape the delivery of today's pop singers. Her own Lost Ticket Blues" is a swinging blues number with Wayne Schuster's saxophone wailing behind her. Like country western? Well, it's here with some rhythm & ...read more