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Shades by Gia Notte

Gia Notte gets this CD swinging with "Close Your Eyes" a jaunty excursion with a hip jazz vocal. The trumpet of Freddied Hendrix brings this tune to life, sauntering along gracefully. The tenor solo adds his message in no uncertain terms. Jason Teborek at the piano has a magical moment in his turn to blow changes that are not only accurate but true to the tune in his improvisation.

"Since I Fell For You" A latin beat sneaks in and when this tune gets back into 4/4 it gets off the ground in a hurry. A bit of the blues and a smoky tenor solo play it like it's something good to eat. Pianistically speaking Teborek has his soliloquy marching along smartly with some fancy keyboard ministrations.

"Lover Come Back To Me" Freddie Hendrix and his trumpet open matters with a brilliant intro. Notte is swinging at her best on this number. Her interpretation is the best track on this album. Teborek again lays down some cool licks. I like this version and Notte is hot as a two dollar pistol and the ensemble catches fire with each soloist inspired by one another.

"It Don't Mean A Thing" A sax solo drives this tune like a brand new Cadillac, followed by a trumpet solo that's as sassy as the class clown. Teborek adds his comp that romps along merrily, and the solo is a thing of beauty.

This album is a pleasant audio experience with a mixture of blues, swing and ballads.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gia Notte
  • CD Title: Shades
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: GRCD-1002
  • Rating: Four Stars
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