She delivers the goods even if it is without the fanfare given to lesser singers. Like many other singers, she began singing in church and has released both gospel and jazz CDs. Winner of the 2002 Absolute Jazz competition, the Pennsylvania native regularly performs around the Washington, D.C., area.
Live at the East Coast Jazz Festival captures the veteran vocalist in an intimate performance that showcases her smooth, honey voice and a winning delivery that never sounds phony or forced.
This DVD features Gilbert-Carter performing a set of 13 chestnuts, ranging from Dinah Washington’s "What A Difference A Day Makes" to Shirley Horn’s "Here’s To Life." It’s a well-sequenced set that maintains momentum throughout the show. For example, a slow, bluesy rendition of "A Song For You" is followed by the up-tempo "No Greater Love."
Although the set list is stacked with well-traveled numbers, Gilbert-Carter manages to inject enough skill and enthusiasm into the songs to make them fresh. "When I Fall In Love" is given a nice mid-tempo treatment, and "All of Me" is a breezy ride from start to finish. Gilbert-Carter adds a bit of a gospel touch to "Please Send Me Someone To Love," making it one of the evening’s highlights.
The DVD lacks any extras, but it nicely captures a solid singer performing a solid set of songs. Gilbert-Carter is backed by Paul Carr on sax, Gavin Fallow on bass, Steve Abshire on guitar, Clyde Adams on drums, and Chris Grasso on piano.