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GIA NOTTE

Shades

2010-05-31

Margie "Gia" Notte delivers a set of jazz standards with a solid group of session musicians -- in fact, it is the band that make these renditions interesting to the listener (how many times can you hear "Caravan" or "My Funny Valentine" in a fresh way?). Notte can, indeed, sing and she demonstrates her knowledge of the jazz songbook on each track, but thank goodness for Don Bradon on the sax and flutes and Freddie Hendrix on the trumpet and flugelhorn; they add the improvisational spice to these tunes. Prime examples are "Since I Fell for You," "Lover Come Back to Me" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." MJVD 05/10 J-Contemporary (vocal)

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