Gerri DiMaggio's smoky alto voice gives her an edge when she sings romantic songs, so this program of standard love songs seems made just right for her vocal style. With a stellar piano trio in support, as well as a guest trumpeter on two selections, DiMaggio explores a lasting love story. Her delivery swings, her interpretations are cool, and she allows plenty of space for the music to breathe.
From Madison, Wisconsin, DiMaggio is familiar with techniques for communicating effectively with an audience. Her blend of Brazilian strolls and pages from the Great American Songbook gives variety to Comes Love. Her interpretation of "Moody's Mood for Love, in particular, offers a special delight that straight-ahead jazz fans will enjoy.
DiMaggio's session takes the listener for a stroll along palm-lined beaches and rural stretches where crowds have the day off. It's just her and the music and plenty of cool swing. "Stolen Moments drives nonchalantly with no hint of a schedule, while "East of the Sun moves fluidly at a faster pace toward romantic promises. It's a light program. Several selections feature DiMaggio's interpretation of Portuguese lyrics.
"Comes Love represents one of the session's numerous high points. DiMaggio delivers her message coolly, calmly and collectedly, allowing its romantic spirit to take center stage.
Track Listing: Like Someone in Love; The Man I Love; Sway; Comes Love; O
Personnel: Gerri DiMaggio: vocals; Paul Hastil: piano; John Mesoloras: bass; John Becker: drums, percussion; Dave Cooper: trumpet.
Year Released: 2005
| Record Label: Sabu Music
| Style: Vocal
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