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CD Review: MJ Territo - Down with love

Year: 2010

Record Label: Independent

Style: Jazz Vocals

Musicians: MJ Territo (vocals), Alan Rosenthal (piano), David Shaich (bass), Jon Doty (drums), Dennis Winge (guitar), Libby Richman (sax)

Review:
There is a little bit of Broadway in the way MJ Territo sings. And even in the jazzier moments on the album, Territo does not sound like any other female jazz singer. Her phrasing and style reminds me more of male singers, like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett than Holiday or Ella. Territo has kind of the same coolness on her phrasing.

You can hear on Territo voice, she is having a lot of fun singing songs like Down with love, Mambo italiano, Lady is a tramp, Gotta serve somebody, Jobim Waters of March and Waltz for Debby. The arrangements are simple but effective with good musicians on piano, Alan Rosenthal and bass, David Shaich. And two special guests, Dennis Winge playing guitar on Waters of March and Libby Richman playing sax on Gotta serve somebody.

This album reflects the diverse musical taste of Territo, including Jazz Standards, show tunes, ballads, brazilian music and even rock.

Down with love, Devil may care, Throw it away, Waters of march, Mambo italiano, Do you miss New York, The lady is a tramp, Gotta serve somebody, Waltz for Debby, Small day tomorrow

MJ Territo (vocals), Alan Rosenthal (piano), David Shaich (bass), Jon Doty (drums), Dennis Winge (guitar), Libby Richman (sax)

Tracks: Down with love, Devil may care, Throw it away, Waters of march, Mambo italiano, Do you miss New York, The lady is a tramp, Gotta serve somebody, Waltz for Debby, Small day tomorrow

Artist's Website: http://www.mjterrito.com/

Reviewed by: Wilbert Sostre

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Wilbert Sostre