OK. Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul; and Nina Simone is the high priestess of soul. So, Patrizia can be the sultry lady of jazz if she wants to be. Why not? She's got this CD to prove it. Her hot band. A picture of herself with one Hugh Martin, co-author of "An Occasional Man." There are eight pages of liner notes. Hey, I Could Write A Book, but Patrizia already has. Good reading, too. The special thanks take up a whole page alone and I think we can assume a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this production. So, do I like it? Frankly, I didn't at first; but after a few more listenings it's started to grow on me. This seems a constant pattern, at least, for me. If something doesn't capture me the first time, out it will be back to haunt me later like a jazz version of Marley's ghost - Dickens, not Bob. Maybe it's because I'm so in love with the singing of Nina Simone, or my latest passion - Julie London - or my longtime passion - for Keely Smith. So, whatever. Here goes:
After reviewing my first 10 CDs for jazz review I may have heard one too many versions of "Loverman," "Send In The Clowns," and "Willow Weep For Me." Maybe I don't feel sufficiently sultry today? To paraphrase tinseltown's greatest screewriter, Bill Shakespeare: "the fault Dear Brutus...is in ourselves." Or, in this case, me. It's not really Patrizia who seems out of kilter here. It's me. I should mention the lovely photo of Patrizia and her band which looks like a Southern California version of the Buena Vista Social Club. Irwin Jacobs looks so much like my 75-year-old jazz pianist friend, AJ, they might be doppelgangers? So, for a mini-tour of Patrizia:
She says "All The Things You Are" has "always been her good luck charm." The "12 bar phrase" in "Don't Be On The Outside" clicks her clock. "In The Shadow Of Your Smile" caught her while she was..."watching an old classic movie, where a woman was thinking about the love she had for her dead husband...her loss, longing, and remembrance of a perfect love. This beautiful song was playing in the background after the death of the lady's husband." Patrizia wears her heart on her sleeve. You may love this CD. I expect to someday when I least expect it.