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Roseanna Vitro Sings The Songs Of Steve Allen -- CD
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"The Time Of My Life” Features the gifted and versatile song stylist, Roseanna Vitro, who has toured with Lionel Hampton singing music composed by the internationally famous songwriter, Steve Allen. Backed by an impressive group of New York jazz musicians, Roseanna Vitro includes a highly accessible array of straight ahead jazz, contemporary and latin-tinged selections. Smack in the center of the mix is Ms. Vitro’s smooth and intoxicating voice; at one minute it is soothing, the next minute, it is raising the roof. With roots in rhythm and blues and an affinity for jazz, Vitro issues clear and soulful interpretations of Allen’s music. “You May Have Been Loved Before” is a sultry and smooth ballad with a bossa feel and tasty guitar licks from Scott Hardy thrown in for good measure. Vitro seems to change her vocal color at will. On “I Like to Dance,” her voice assumes a light breathiness that perfectly fits the samba feel established by drummer Joey Barron and percussionist Cyro Batista. Vitro also shows off her formidable scatting chops. “Emotions” from the score of “Alice In Wonderland” is set up as a jazz waltz and Ms. Vitro delivers the message clearly. “Life” is a tasteful smooth bossa that sums up the joys and the struggles of existence. “Keep Cool” is a gospel-tinged waltz. Vitro’s roots in the blues are unarguable on “[Until I Left Chicago] I Never Had The Blues”. “Convince Me” has a Carmichael-like sense of irony that Ms. Vitro plays up from the opening strains of the verse. Things get swinging as Fred Hersch shows why he is one of the most in-demand accompanists and solo jazz pianists in New York. Miles Davis quirky melody, “You and I” [words by Allen] receives treatment reminiscent of some of Davis’ funkier work in the eighties. “Cool Yule” was originally recorded by Louis Armstrong, but this version is strictly Vitro’s. Pianist Kenny Werner chimes in with Vitro with some hip doo-woppin’ vocals. A toe-tapping closer to life the spirits. Now available on CD at $9.95