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Gia Notte: Shades (2010)

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Gia Notte: Shades A glance at the set list for Gia Notte's Shades might initially elicit concern about another album of standards. However, fresh arrangements, a solid band, and a charming voice can make a tremendous difference between a ho-hum effort and something that warrants attention.

Notte, born Margie but using the nickname Gia, began with piano and voice training at 12. She later developed a taste for performing in various genres. Her debut release, Just You, Just Me, and Friends— Live at Cecil's (Gnote, 2009) was recorded at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, N.J., in 2008.

"Caravan" has been around since 1927, but it's rare to hear anyone sing the lyrics, as it's usually an instrumental. The slower tempo adds to the feeling of a trek across the desert. Guy Notte's sultry alto is soothing. Don Braden
Don Braden
Don Braden
b.1963
sax, tenor
solos on flute, and Freddie Hendrix on flugelhorn.

Braden's tenor introduces an upbeat, though still moody, "My Funny Valentine." Notte's earthy alto gives the piece a rich texture. Though the melody is sad, the play of Jason Teborek, Tom DiCarlo, and Cecil Brooks III
Cecil Brooks III
Cecil Brooks III
b.1959
drums
brightens the overall mood.

A blues shuffle accompanies "Since I Fell for You." Notte's ability to sustain here and slip in a roulade there tempts a comparison to the cover Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau
b.1940
vocalist
recorded with pianist Bob James
Bob James
Bob James
b.1939
piano
and saxophonist David Sanborn
David Sanborn
David Sanborn
b.1945
saxophone
. This rendition, however, is livelier, enhanced by Brandon McCune's solo.

With Hendrix's trumpet setting the tone, "Lover, Come Back to Me" has a Dixieland flavor. Though Notte sings of longing, her tone and style reflect her joy of singing. Teborek's solo and Brooks's crisp stick work add to the feel.

Shades is a promising outing from Notte. The band scores well as a group, and the soloists are in excellent form.


Track Listing: Caravan; Speak Low; Close Your Eyes; My Funny Valentine; Since I Fell for You; The Look of Love; Love Me or Leave Me; Autumn Leaves; I Wish You Love; Lover Come Back to Me; It Don't Mean a Thing; What'll I Do.

Personnel: Gia Notte: vocals; Don Braden: tenor saxophone, alto and soprano flutes; Jason Teborek: piano (2, 4, 6-10, 12); Brandon McCune: piano (1, 3, 5, 11); Tom DiCarlo: bass; Cecil Brooks III: drums; Freddie Hendrix: trumpet and flugelhorn; Guy Notte: alto saxophone (3); Kahlil Kwame Bell: percussion.

Record Label: Gnote Records

Style: Vocal


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