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Friday, August 02, 2019

CD Review: Gretje Angell - In Any Key


Gretje Angell (vocals); Dori Amarillo (guitar, production); Kevin Axt, Gabe Davis, Chuck Berghofer (bass on various tracks); Michael Hunter (trumpet); Steve Haas (drums); Kevin Winard (percussion); Orchestra – Budapest Scoring (track 4)
(Review by Ann Alex)

I'm rejoicing to hear yet another talented woman singer on her debut CD. Ms Angell hails from Akron, Ohio and her father and grandfather were both drummers. She played string bass and performed with her father at jam sessions. She studied classical music and is now part of the Los Angeles jazz scene, leading her own groups and singing with many other bands.


However, the most surprising thing is that she also sings soprano with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company. I think she must have two voices, as on this CD she is definitely doing jazz, with a jazz feel and an alluring tone, a million miles away from sopranoship, if that is a word. It actually demonstrates how adaptable voices can be. Full marks for that!

The CD title is a compliment to the guitarist, who can apparently play any song in any key, and also gives us great solos. All the instrumentalists are well up to the mark. The selection of songs is GASbook and Latins, including 3 duets with voice and guitar, One Note Samba; Tea For Two; Them There Eyes. The first of these is with a Spanish guitar feel and light percussion: the second is slow and with the verse (thankfully); the last is the final track, very fast, with scat from voice and guitar (can guitars be said to scat?).

Other tracks are Our Love Is Here To Stay (done as a bossa, nothing like Sinatra); I'm Old Fashioned; Fever (Latin flavoured and sultry, such amusing lyrics) Deep In A Dream (accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra, with wordless singing); Berimbau (in Portuguese); Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me.

A very enjoyable listening experience, which was released on July 25 on the Grevlinto 00-001 label. Available from Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes. See www.GretjeAngell.com
Ann Alex

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