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Roseanna Vitro: Live at the Kennedy Center

In concert, Roseanna Vitro is as terrific a raconteur as she is a singer, particularly when she’s sharing tales of her tenure as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador or expressing her understandable respect and admiration for pianist, arranger and frequent collaborator Kenny Werner. None of which you’ll hear on this ostensibly live album, recorded last year at the Kennedy Center, which includes a scant 90 seconds of inter-song dialog. The upside to such a paucity of conversation is, of course, enough remaining space for a full hour of inspired musicianship as exercised by arguably the most underappreciated American song stylist on the contemporary jazz scene.

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