Exciting jazz vocal debut Gretje Angell – In Any Key

Exciting jazz vocal debut Gretje Angell – IN ANY KEY:  One of the real benefits of being known as a reviewer is that I get lots (& I mean LOTS) of exciting jazz vocal work submitted… this ultra-cool debut release from Gretje is right up at the top of my favorites list (so far) for 2019… Gretje & her players (Dori Amarilio – Guitar, Kevin Axt – Bass, Steve Hass – Drums, Kevin Winard – Percussion, Chuck Berghofer – Bass, Michael Hunter – Trumpet, Orchestra – Budapest Scoring) take jazz vocals to new levels… there wasn’t a “LIVE” video of the players on this album, but here’s a very cool video of Gretje & guitarist Dori (who also produced this new release) , from a couple years ago…

…as you can see, Gretje is a “natural”, who was “born to sing jazz”… you’ll find many more videos if you SUBSCRIBE to Gretje’s YouTube channel…. I did.  If you continue to check in, you might even find some songs of this new release posting there later (hint! hint!).

Long-time readers of this magazine know that I tend to favor singers who can also play an instrument… she started out on string bass, and her high-end skills shine like gold on tunes like “Tea For Two” (sample links will work in mid-July)… laid-back vibe, yet full of LIFE!

Gretje’s rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned” is amazing… her voice will grab your heart & hold you right in her magical spell… I predict this one will be getting some MAJOR airplay on jazz stations ’round the globe.

Of the nine songs offered up, it was (hands-down) Gretje’s performance on “Fever” that won my vote for personal favorite… a real Latin flavor, & superb recording make it one of the most unique iterations of this classic jazz tune I’ve ever heard!

I give Gretje & her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this most excellent jazz vocal adventure.  To get more information about her, visit Gretje’s website.           Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Holy Smokes, Dick – thank you for taking the time to listen to my record, your wonderful compliments, and this fantastic review!!! :):):) …and you’re right, I have three music videos for this album, the first of which was released at the beginning of August.

    Thank you, again,
    Gretje :^)

    • Hi, Gretje – thanks very much for the personal reply; glad to hear you liked the review!

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