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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Vocalist Wesla Whitfield is blessed with a rich, full, bell-tone of a voice that hits each and every note perfectly in tune. On this 60-minute CD of jazz favorites, she uses her remarkable voice and clear enunciation to pr... more »
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Vocalist Wesla Whitfield is blessed with a rich, full, bell-tone of a voice that hits each and every note perfectly in tune. On this 60-minute CD of jazz favorites, she uses her remarkable voice and clear enunciation to present the familiar lyrics in a highly accessible and musical manner. Staying true to the melody and expressively singing the words is Whitfield's forte. She seems less concerned with exploiting her pipes (no scatting or vocalistic acrobatics whatsoever) and more intent on just singing the song in an invitingly straightforward way. Her versions of "My Favorite Things" and "Don't Take Your Love from Me" are particularly striking. Special mention should certainly go to veteran sax man Gary Foster, whose fluid, Lee Konitz-like solos help maintain an authentic jazz feel amid the cabaret ambiance Whitfield so comfortably exudes. --Wally Shoup
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Three parts musicality, one part pure personality...
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I saw Weslia was by accident: in 1995 at the Algonquin's famed Oak Room in New York, where she hooked me on cabaret for life. Since that time, she brought a Sinatrafest at Carnegie Hall to a halt... (in a large company of famous cabaret and popular types, SHE stopped the show!) A pure, unpretentious voice that bespeaks scotch'n soda and wisdom borne of life. She can sleaze her way through a show tune with the best of 'em, and you're risking third degree burns letting her near a torch song. (Off her "LIVE" disc, she cut a version of "Too Good to be True" that includes a simple, major arpeggio that is the purest and most plaintive sound I've ever heard from a female voice.) Off this disc, "My Favorite Things" is probably the best known, but you'll find a few gems on the way there that are much more than semi-precious. Worth having in your collection for two reasons: (1) it's great; and (2) Weslia is the only "other woman" my wife'll let me be in love with."