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Take the High Road by Linda Ciofalo

Linda's recording features a balanced mix of standards and originals. Starting of with an upbeat version of Cole Porter's, "You Do Something To Me". This track features the fine talents of pianist Mike Capoblanco as he takes a spirited solo after Linda's intro.

It's nice to hear a cover version of one of Jazz's premier vocalists, Abbey Lincoln. "Throw It Away" features Linda's sensitive reading which captures Abbey's intentions perfectly. Certainly a highlight, this mid tempo arrangement also features guitarist Steve Salerno who within a few bars allows the listener settle into the groove before Linda returns to close out the piece.

"Friday Night" is an original from Linda. A bluesy number that showcases Linda's flexibility as a singer. Great support and playing from her band throughout.

Frank Sinatra has a few signature songs which belong to him. "I've Got The World On A String" is one of them. It must be tough for anyone to cover this piece because of the association with Frank's version. Linda does a great job. Balanced playing from the group, as well as Linda's ability to capture the essence of this number as if she was singing directly to the listener telling her story, in a convincing and musical way. She is obviously having fun with the lyric.

"Show Me" is another standard from the pens of Alan Jay Lerner and Frank Loewe. A beautiful ballad performed with grace and beauty. Again, another example of Linda's ability to project her vocals and story telling to the listener. Nice piano from Mike Capoblanco.

Cyndi Lauper's, "Time After Time", a piece that was so wonderfully played by the great Miles Davis, is delicately performed by Linda. This is a wonderful piece that, I think because of Mile's version, allowed other jazz performers a chance to work with the melody and the lyric on a personal level. This is one of those songs that because of the interesting melody line and great lyric can elevate a performer to new heights of creativeness.

Demonstrating Linda's ability to tell a story, this recording delivers in spades. Her band and choice of material are first rate. This debut recording lays the foundation for future recordings and a chance to develop a style all her own. A recording worth several listens.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Linda Ciofalo
  • CD Title: Take the High Road
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Lucky Jazz Music
  • Rating: Five Stars
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