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Kalil Wilson: Easy to Love

Read "Easy to Love" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It is somewhat disconcerting how few new male vocalists inhabiting the jazz idiom practice their craft with the same degree of genius and virtuosity as saxophonists and other instrumentalists. It is a conundrum why so many new artists don't play the first instrument--the human voice. Some posit that poeta nascitur non fit? Is it true that ...

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Roberta Gambarini: Easy To Love

Read "Easy To Love" reviewed by Michael Caratti

This debut outing from Roberta Gambarini sees the Italian-born jazz vocalist pair up with two star-studded rhythm sections and legendary tenor saxophonist James Moody, to present what has to be one of the best vocal jazz albums of the decade.

Opening with Cole Porter's classic title track Gambarini's exquisite tone and masterful rhythmic phrasing are immediately ...

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Roberta Gambarini: Easy To Love

Read "Easy To Love" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

If Roberta Gambarini had chosen to pursue opera we might be seeing her at the Met instead of in the world's top jazz clubs, so exquisite is the natural lyricism of her voice and her technical mastery of its use. Absent from her performance are the blatant shifts in registration, dicey intonation, and questionable diction that ...

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Roberta Gambarini: Easy to Love

Read "Easy to Love" reviewed by Roger Crane

With all due caution about overstatement, let me say that I don't know of a better pure jazz vocalist than Roberta Gambarini. She shows us all that the art of jazz singing is alive and well. During the past few years she has become almost a cult figure, thrilling live international audiences, becoming the subject of ...

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April Aloisio: Easy To Love

Read "Easy To Love" reviewed by Joel Roberts

April Aloisio shows she's more than just another singer with a pretty voice on her new Southport CD, Easy to Love. The Chicago-area vocalist has a confidence, patience and knowledge of how to get to the heart of a song that puts her in the upper tier of jazz vocalists.

Aloisio is no shouter, and most ...

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Millikin University Jazz Lab 1: Easy to Love

Read "Easy to Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When assessing any big band, the tried–and–true standards can serve as convenient benchmarks. There are a number of them on Easy to Love, which the Millikin University Jazz Ensemble recorded in May 1995. What they (and the lesser–known numbers) show is an eager group of young people who have mastered the Jazz fundamentals and seem reasonably ...

Bobby Shew with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra: Easy to Love

Read "Easy to Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As guest trumpeter Bobby Shew says in his liner notes to Easy to Love - and I certainly won't disagree - “the MYJO is hot!" Bobby adds that the Midlands-based ensemble is “one of the finest youth bands" with which he has ever performed. Again, no argument from this quarter. I've been an enthusiastic partisan since ...