182

Roseanna Vitro: Thoughts of Bill Evans - Conviction

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Roseanna Vitro: Thoughts of Bill Evans - Conviction A few years prior to his passing back in 1977, pianist/composer Bill Evans prompted vocalist Roseanna Vitro to vacate Houston, Texas for greener pastures in New York City. Since then, Ms. Vitro has gained prominence as a clinician/educator and performer. With her eighth recording titled Thoughts of Bill Evans –Convictions, the artist sets ten Evans compositions to lyric, amid two originals. And if you can get past the first tune (“My Bells”) without hitting your compact disc player’s repeat button, each subsequent piece should provide continual delight as this newly released production translates into one of the most charismatic tributes of the year.

Featuring ex-“Bill Evans Trio” bassist, Eddie Gomez, pianist Fred Hersch and others, Ms. Vitro effortlessly sings through a series of often irresistible story-lines along with brief interludes consisting of sanguine harmonies and melodious scat vocalise atop the band’s cheery demeanor. Here, she lives the experience whether performing a bouncy swing vamp on, “Funkallero”, or reaching out to our soul’s in concert with subtle inflections and spirited prose on “Only Child”. All told, the musicians’ furnish sympathetic support as the vocalist’s effervescent Bill Evans tribute boasts a cavalcade of bluesy themes, hybrid Latin/jazz rhythms and glittering lyricism, yet it’s all about a distinct touch of class. Thus, Roseanna Vitro’s homage to an influential jazz master, looms as a sterling and ebulliently produced effort, earmarked by her unyielding convictions set to song! Highly recommended.

A-Records


Track Listing: My Bells, Remebering the Rain, Two Lonely People, Prelude To A Funk, Funkallero, Only child, Conviction, Turn Out The Stars, Waltz For Debbie, In April, Very Early, Letter To Evan

Personnel: Roseanna Vitro; vocals: Fred Hersch; piano: Mark Soskin; piano: Allen Farnham; piano: Scott Lee; bass: Adrian D

| Record Label: a/l/l | Style: Vocal


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Abbey Lincoln Abbey Lincoln
vocalist
Astrud Gilberto Astrud Gilberto
vocalist
Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
vocalist
Paula West Paula West
vocalist
Tierney Sutton Tierney Sutton
vocalist
Eden Atwood Eden Atwood
vocalist
Karrin Allyson Karrin Allyson
vocalist
Helen Merrill Helen Merrill
vocalist
Sheila Jordan Sheila Jordan
vocalist
Chris Connor Chris Connor
vocalist
Kate McGarry Kate McGarry
vocalist

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Eleven Promises" CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Promises
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 30, 2016
Read "Red Nation "1"" CD/LP/Track Review Red Nation "1"
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 20, 2017
Read "Duet" CD/LP/Track Review Duet
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 30, 2016
Read "Never Group" CD/LP/Track Review Never Group
by Mark F. Turner
Published: March 23, 2016
Read "WAHOO!" CD/LP/Track Review WAHOO!
by Greg Simmons
Published: February 13, 2017
Read "Four Plus Three" CD/LP/Track Review Four Plus Three
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!