by Nicholas F. Mondello
With In the Still of the Night, vocalist Calabria Foti joins the ranks of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and many others -vocalists and instrumentalists -who have dived deeply into the Cole Porter canon. It takes a very special talent to deftly probe the poetic and pithy romantic lingo that the Classic material offers. So, while that ocean is Trench deep, how is one to pluck new musical perspectives and give old ones a novel patina? Foti, along with ...read more
by Joao Moreira dos Santos
When someone like Sammy Nestico, famous for his arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra and Sarah Vaughan, says a lady can sing, you had better listen to her because he knows his business well: producing great songs for great singers. The truth is that Nestico could hardly be more positive about Calabria Foti--who has just released, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (MoCo, 2007)--saying, Calabria is the complete artist."
Over and over, critics remark how ...read more
by Ed Kopp
Calabria Foti is a sweet, sexy vocalist who sings 10 familiar songs with sultry finesse on this romantic debut. When A Woman Loves A Man is a concept album that traces a love affair from initial exhilaration ("I Hadn’t Anyone Til You) through passionate times ("Fever"), troubled times ("I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life"), and finally past a breakup ("By Myself"). It’s a classy mainstream effort featuring some excellent sidemen, including Foti’s talented husband Bob McChesney (trombone) ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Every so often we stumble upon an artist who delivers the goods while displaying star-like qualities. In some or dare we say – many instances, these artists receive the backing and financial support from giant conglomerates and their huge marketing budgets. Target marketing, sales ploys and return on investment are just ways and means of doing business while striving for that sometimes - elusive profit margin in the sky.
With that, we introduce someone who may represent somewhat of an ...read more