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Rosana Eckert: Small Hotel

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Six years have elapsed since Rosana Eckert released her ensemble debut, At the End of the Day. Seems like an eternity if you can’t get enough of her unique talent. Finally the second chapter has been issued in the journey of self-discovery by the multi-faceted singer, pianist, French hornist, composer, arranger and currently teacher of vocal jazz at her alma mater, University of North Texas.

What makes her talent unique is the instrumental quality of her own vocal jazz. Simply put, she adds another horn to any combo she sings with. She can improvise with complete confidence: she can hear changes; has unerring pitch; a thin, flexible vibrato; a sure sense of time and phrasing; and an enviable range. Regarding the latter, her low tones are warm and soothing and I wish she’d explore them more often. Check her original, “Moon and Stars,” with another special guest, Marvin Stamm. When his flugel-sounding trumpet blends with Eckert’s wordless soaring, their timbres tend to coincide, leading to a haunting fadeout.

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