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Roberta Gambarini: Easy to Love

In 2005 I reviewed the Pratt Brothers Big Band, giving it a glowing review, calling guest vocalist Roberta Gambarini “a distillation of Anita O’Day and Sarah Vaughan,” who “nearly steals the session.” Now comes Gambarini’s domestic debut album. Just listen to how confident she is of her intonation on the first track. She sings the obscure intro to “Easy to Love,” with its tricky intervals, a cappella. She loves verses. She must also love lyricists because her enunciation brings out every word/nuance, even at breakneck speeds, as on “Lover Come Back to Me” and “No More Blues.”

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