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Straight Up With a Twist
     

Straight Up With a Twist

by Kitty Margolis
 
Kitty Margolis' third recording for her Madkat label is certainly her most varied and eccentric. Each of the 13 selections has its share of surprises, with Kitty's regular sextet joined by several guest players, most notably including trumpeter Roy Hargrove (heard in a supporting role on three numbers) and Charles Brown (featured in vocal

Overview

Kitty Margolis' third recording for her Madkat label is certainly her most varied and eccentric. Each of the 13 selections has its share of surprises, with Kitty's regular sextet joined by several guest players, most notably including trumpeter Roy Hargrove (heard in a supporting role on three numbers) and Charles Brown (featured in vocal duets with Margolis on a playful version of "The 'In' Crowd" and a barely recognizable "Wouldn't It Be Loverly"). The usually childlike "Gettin' To Know You" is given a complex but logical arrangement that utilizes Kitty's overdubbed voices, the sensuous classic "Fever" is taken in 7/4 time, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" gives the singer a chance to shine over Brazilian rhythms, and Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud" is made funky, given new lyrics and renamed "In Walked Bean." Other interesting moments include Kitty showing off her bop chops on "My Romance," getting lowdown on "Today I Sing The Blues," and concluding "Speak Low" in surprising fashion by showing off her interest in Indian music with some very odd wordless vocalizing over the closing vamp. Kitty Margolis' continually intriguing set (which is much less bop-oriented than her previous efforts) also has a few misses, but overall is a strong step forward.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1997
Label:
Mad Kat
UPC:
0783371100622
catalogNumber:
711006

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Performance Credits

Kitty Margolis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Charles Brown   Vocals
Brad Buethe   Guitar
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Kevin Gibbs   Piano
Peter Barshay   Bass
Ruth Davies   Bass
Scott Morris   Drums
Paul Nagle   Piano
Mike Spiro   Percussion
Kenny Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Spencer Allen   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond Synth
Damien Masterson   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Aretha Franklin   Arranger
Brad Buethe   Arranger
Kevin Gibbs   Arranger
Peter Barshay   Arranger
John Coltrane   Arranger
Joyce Cooling   Arranger
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Gary Mankin   Engineer
Paul Nagle   Arranger
Kitty Margolis   Arranger
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Rex Ray   Graphic Design
Spencer Allen   Arranger
B. Jackson   Composer

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