Live at Yoshi'sby Dee Dee Bridgewater
After two recent projects that found her tipping her hat to legendary jazz figures -- LOVE AND PEACE: A TRIBUTE TO HORACE SILVER, and DEAR ELLA, a loving homage to Miss Fitzgerald -- vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater turns the spotlight squarely on herself. And if any artist needs more focused exposure it's Bridgwater, who, despite brushes with fame (a lauded stint with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band, a Tony-winning performance in "The Wiz") has somehow eluded the acclaim due her. LIVE AT YOSHI'S finds the Paris-based singer making a triumphant 1998 appearance at the popular Oakland, California, nightspot. As usual, she injects vivacious charm into her performance. Whether funning through "Love for Sale," stripping James Brown's funk down to its essentials on "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine," or bopping through "Cherokee," Bridgwater displays the control, daring, and heart that have made her a favorite among jazz cognoscenti. Her musicians are no slouches, either; drummer Ali Jackson, pianist Thierry Eliez, and bassist Thomas Bramerie are a first-rate supporting ensemble, perfectly at ease with Bridgewater's expansive stylistic approach. Once again this singer's singer digs in and delivers the goods. She needs to visit her homeland much more often to remind us what we've been overlooking.
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