Title - 'You Are There' (Emarcy)
Artist - Roberta Gambarini & Hank Jones
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini is one
of the most heralded talents of her generation and here on 'You Are There' she finds herself in her ideal environment as a duet partner with the legendary pianist, Hank Jones.
Although she was born and bred in Italy, Gambarini brings a distinctly American jazz flavor to 'You Are There.' Indeed her multi-octave range can be seen as an indication of the "cool school" but when she starts swinging she’s anything but cool! Her scats and melodies breathe beautifully and her melodic lines have a lighter, airier quality that finds her swinging but in a softer, more relaxed manner.
Heralded as a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald and even Sarah
Vaughan, on 'You Are There' Gambarini's sound is clean and solid. Her voice is rich, smooth, and faultless through her extensive range. Her pitch is spot on, her phrasing opens up the songs, and her time just swings.
And as for Mr. Hank Jones? Well, as always he is a true magician. His fingers are magic. His spirit is gold. Indeed, this record is the most beautiful thing in these times of strife and trouble to sit back to, to kick back to, to allow to drift over and through you ... with a lovely glass of wine behind closed eye lids.