You Are There

You Are There

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by Roberta Gambarini, Hank Jones
     
 

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Roberta Gambarini is a breath of fresh air among female jazz vocalists. Gifted with superb clear diction, a warm engaging voice, and an uncanny ability to bring out the best in each song, Gambarini shines throughout this one-afternoon session, recorded without isolation booths, splicing, or overdubs. Her sole accompanist is the masterful pianist Hank Jones, a veteran

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Roberta Gambarini is a breath of fresh air among female jazz vocalists. Gifted with superb clear diction, a warm engaging voice, and an uncanny ability to bring out the best in each song, Gambarini shines throughout this one-afternoon session, recorded without isolation booths, splicing, or overdubs. Her sole accompanist is the masterful pianist Hank Jones, a veteran who knows something about inspiring great vocalists with his inventive piano playing, having recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, and Helen Merrill during a career that began over six decades prior to this session. The duo chose a wide-ranging mix of standards, show tunes, and jazz compositions (both familiar and lesser-known), along with some forgotten chestnuts of yesteryear. It is not surprising to learn that Gambarini and Jones entered the studio without a rehearsal or any arrangements, yet completed most of the 14 songs in a single take. "Stardust" is one of the most recorded works of all time, yet Gambarini recognizes the nuances within it and takes her time exploring each chorus, while Jones' elegant backing and delicious solo are flawless. Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is one of the most demanding jazz compositions, a melancholy ballad with an unusual structure that trips up many vocalists, but Gambarini takes her time with a deliberate interpretation that ranks with any previous vocal recording of it. Their magical rendition of the sentimental ballad "You Are There" (music by Johnny Mandel, lyrics by Dave Frishberg) seems like it would be a natural choice for a film soundtrack. "Deep Purple" may have fallen out of favor in modern jazz, but Gambarini and Jones reveal its timeless quality with a sparkling performance. She's in a playful mood in "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me." This exceptional vocal/piano duo recording is clearly one for the ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Emarcy
UPC:
0602517497276
catalogNumber:
001062202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roberta Gambarini   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hank Jones   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Dave Frishberg   Composer
Gigi Gryce   Composer
Larry Clothier   Producer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Ruri Fujita   Art Direction
Ben Huggler   Cover Photo
Roberta Gambarini   Introduction

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You Are There 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mailbox has been filled of late, by the work of hard working young "vocalists" who have the good taste attempt to make the sort of recordings popular before Elvis Presley came along. It's hard to argue with somebody who wants to sing Gershwin and Harold Arlen for a living, and throwing in something by a hip recent band is a clever touch. But sadly - most of these efforts just serve to show how good expensive microphones can sound. Then there's Roberta Gambarini. La Gambarini would sound good over a bad phone line with pneumonia. And I believe there's a photo of Hank Jones right above the entry for "taste" in the dictionary. I reserve a certain word for people like Sarah Vaughan, Irene Kral and Frank Sinatra. I use it to describe living artists like Wesla Whitfield and Roberta Gambarini too. The word isn't "vocalist". It's simply "Singer". You can't go see Ella Fitzgerald and Hank Jones together any more. But you weren't born too late. You can pick this recording up and hear pianist Hank Jones and singer Roberta Gambarini stop time.