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 crisp support render this warhorse in a novel and provocative manner. Tenor saxophonis tDon Braden and pianist Jason Teborek establish a solidly novel time-signature approach that adds a tension to this song that is so often performed with none. The beauty is that Shades is fully populated with this kind of musica good sign of things to come.
Personnel: Gia Notte: vocals; Don Braden: tenor saxophone; Jason Teborek: piano;
Tom DiCarlo: bass; Cecil Brooks III: drums; Freddie Hendrix: trumpet and
flugelhorn; Kahlil Kwame Bell: percussion.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.