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Gia Notte: Shades

Read "Shades" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Easy, effortless, breezy, and boundless: a few words to describe Gia Notte's approach to the standards. Shades, from beginning to end, displays an intention to recast standards in a different light. Not a bone-jarring different light, just one that is informative and thoughtfully conceived. Longtime Chet Baker ballad vehicle, “My Funny Valentine," is a case in point. This standard deserves the admonishment that a 50-year moratorium be placed on its recording. However, Notte's autumnal delivery and October ...

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Gia Notte: Shades

Read "Shades" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Margie “Gia" Notte's debut recording, Just You, Just Me & Friends--Live at Cecil's, (GNote Records, 2009) was an exciting standards-based journey. Her follow-up, Shades, also finds her interpreting some well-worn songs but the delivery and the arrangements make this more than a run-of-the-mill recording. While the adrenaline-fueled excitement from her live recording is hard to match in a studio setting, she substitutes this quality with a more polished delivery. Each arrangement shows a different side of Notte and the nuances ...


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