316

Andrea Celeste: My Reflection

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
It's surprising to hear the debut of a mature vocalist, gifted with a deep and expressive voice, only to find that she is but 21 years old and wrote most of the songs on My Reflection. Italian vocalist Andrea Celeste began studying piano and classical singing at the age of eleven, and was later trained in gospel choirs and seminars by American singer Cheryl Porter. My Reflection was recorded in 2007 with some of Italy's finest jazz musicians.

The songs, in English, deal with some of the most banal aspects of love and relationships, more with the peaks than the valleys. Celeste sings with wise and elegant phrasing and a warm and expressive voice, portraying an innocent belief in the power of the romantic word. Her ability to entrust herself fully in the hands of her accompanying musicians, wins attention time after time. Robero "Robbo" Vigo's wise production spices each song with new color, mainly by adding new musicians to the core trio of pianist Gianluca Tagliazucchi, bassist Dino Cerruti and drummer Rodolfo Cervetto—heard on "I Don't Wanna Play This Game," where Massimo Currò's guitar adds a relaxed and breezy touch, not far from the sound of Pat Metheny.

Celeste's readings of the Gershwin brothers' standard "It Ain't Necessarily So" and Jimmy Dorsey's "I'm Glad There Is You" are masterful. Accompanied by pianist Dado Moroni and bassist Pietro Leveratto on the former and pianist Andrea Pozza on the latter, Celeste opts for a straightforward approach to singing the words, knowing that her strong voice is enough to carry the lyrics and nothing more is needed beyond a minimalist sketching of the melody. She resurrects Sting's "Seven Days" with beautiful and playful phrasing, recalling Sting's ability to write intelligent lyrics.

Celeste manages to sound far too optimistic for someone her age on her original tracks—the lovely opener, "Real," that resurfaces in a slightly different version as a hidden bonus track; the more meditative "A Thought Away" and "There's No Other Place," both aided by Robero Izzo's folksy violin; and the believable sadness conveyed in "You Say Goodbye." Throughout, Celeste's voice is captivating, conveying a wide spectrum of colors and shades, with an assured vocal command and elegant presentation.


Track Listing: Real; My Reflection; I Don't Wanna Play This Game; It Ain't Necessarily So; The Power Of Our love; I'm Glad There Is You; A Thought Away; Seven Days; Blue Is The Color Of Our Love; There's No Other Place; Take My Hand; Stand By Me In The Night; You Say Goodbye

Personnel: Andrea Celeste: vocals; Gianluca Tagliazucchi: piano; Dino Cerruti: double-bass; Rodolfo Cervetto: drums; Dado Moroni: piano; Andrea Pozza: piano; Enzo Zirelli: drums; Ricardo Fioravant: double-bass; Pietro Leveratto; double-bass; Stefano Cabrera: cello: Roberto Izzo: violin; GNU Quartet: Marco Moro: bass flute; Massimo Curr

Title: My Reflection | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Philology Jazz Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Rev CD/LP/Track Review Rev
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1
by Jim Olin
Published: October 17, 2017
Read The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren CD/LP/Track Review The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 16, 2017
Read Any Other Way CD/LP/Track Review Any Other Way
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 16, 2017
Read "We Know Not What We Do" CD/LP/Track Review We Know Not What We Do
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)" CD/LP/Track Review Sanguinaria (Hopeful Songs)
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 24, 2017
Read "Hudson" CD/LP/Track Review Hudson
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "A Secret Sigh" CD/LP/Track Review A Secret Sigh
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 21, 2016
Read "Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" CD/LP/Track Review Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.