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Fay Victor Ensemble: Absinthe & Vermouth

Read "Absinthe & Vermouth" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Fay Victor, il cui vocalizzare riecheggia certa drammaturgia nera come di una Betty Carter traslata nel contemporaneo (peraltro con una sua precisa ancestralità), sembra vivere la pratica musicale sostanzialmente nella sua essenza teatrale e oratoria. Ogni brano di questo suo nuovo album, dove il contorno tutto corde finisce per enfatizzare tale connotato, appare così una specie ...

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Fay Victor Ensemble: The Freesong Suite

Read "The Freesong Suite" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a tough time to be a singer. With an excessive plethora of vocalists mining the Great American Songbook ad nauseum, or trying their hands at songwriting with less than distinctive results, it's harder than ever to be heard. Even once-innovative singers like Cassandra Wilson--now a Grammy Award-winning “star"--have deserted experimentation, resting instead on their not ...

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Fay Victor: The Freesong Suite

Read "The Freesong Suite" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Vocalist Fay Victor first appeared in the New York scene in the early '90s but soon moved to the Netherlands, returning in 2003. Victor's years abroad proved to be quite influential on her work, with a slightly Dutch aesthetic informing a quirky blend of absurdism, poetic lyricism and blues-influenced jazz styling. On The Freesong Suite, rather ...

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Fay Victor: The Freesong Suite

Read "The Freesong Suite" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La cantante americana Fay Victor si conferma con questo eccellente The Freesong Suite, come una delle voci più interessanti emerse negli ultimi anni nel panorama internazionale della vocalità jazz. Il suo approccio è multiforme, tiene conto del blues e del free-jazz, non disdegna riferimenti che occhieggiano al rock e alla tradizione del canto jazz. Ma riesce sempre magicamente ...

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Fay Victor: Lazy Old Sun

Read "Lazy Old Sun" reviewed by William Grim

This is a very interesting CD from the American (former ex-pat) singer Fay Victor--her last recording made in Europe before returning to the United States last year. Her repertoire is very eclectic, ranging from standards to original tunes to covers of less-than-satisfactory 1960s-era rock tunes and one offering from the songbook of the highly overrated Randy ...