Just when you think you have heard the best as you sort out the rest another artist enters your collective library that turns an ordinary day into a matchless revelation. In keeping with my hesitance to compare, lets just say Canadian native Angela Scappatura is the essence of a settled blues siren, mature in most ways with that mix of soulful jazz. The style is just what one orders for those philosophical evenings alone. This is a ticket one would pay at any price to encounter.. Yes Ms. Scappatura is that little bit of sugar in that hot cup of jazz.
Debut project "A Little Bit Of Sugar" introduces many emotions and sends one on a delightful roller coaster of sensual emotions. The range of her vocals along with the multi-talented sounds fits all too well the moments expressed in song. Take great notice in the string work of Danny Weis [God Bless The Child] and the ivory express of Michael Fonfara which without question applies that special signature to this project.
There is no one cut that jumps out for they all have an impact on the success of this recording however two seem to bring for the fervor of this musical event.
"I Want a Little Sugar In My Bowl" fit’s as the title track. A blues feel with a fine string /keyboard mating. Ms. Scappatura’s treatment of range and style throughout this piece just stokes the fires within the listener.
Ellington’s "Sophisticated Lady" is stunning with the vocal of Ms. Scappatura dressing it up. Great mix of blues/jazz vocal presentation. The sax serenade of Pat Carey adds just the proper ambiance to this memorable cut.
One must also comment on one of the featured artists own cuts "Carried Away" which will be received with praise. "Carried Away" has that angelic touch to it but not ignite that obsession of wanting. Its worth noting.
Ms. Scappatura states, "Its impossible to romance and heartache without lovers" . She proves not only her talent but her point very well with this debut gem. In my eyes this is an extraordinary listen, so do so.