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Roseanna Vitro: Conviction (Thoughts of Bill Evans)

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro calls on a Texas blues background to give “Funkallero” a performance loaded not only with the essential ingredient of the little but also with the wit and style demanded by the moldy and Karen Gallinger’s lyrics. At the other end of Bill Evans’ range as a composer, she brings to “Letter to Evan” a sensitive straight reading of Evans’ melody and touching words, adding just a dash of soaring invention in the coda. “Turn Out the Stars,” in a duet with Fred Hersch, succeeds on the empathy between the pianist and the singer and on the way the colors in Vitro’s voice underline the resignation in Gene Lees’ lyrics. She serves Lees and Evans equally well in “Waltz for Debbie” and the charming “My Bells.”

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