* lauracampisi unconventional jazz vocals * Laura Campisi – DOUBLE MIRROR: When I opened the promo sheet and saw the word unconventional in the header, I wasn’t positive if Laura could live up to the imagery that word paints for me, but when I heard her spoken-word intro to “Love For Sale“, I knew the promoter wasn’t “over-hyping” Laura’s unique set of skills… this is a totally “out” version of the song, yet her unique approach to the words and rhythms will hold your ears spellbound (for those who don’t know, I got my own start in spoken-word performance here in my hometown of Olympia, Washington)! Though she’s lived in NYC for some time now, her Italian background (she’s originally from Palermo, Sicily) puts her in a league of high-talent artists from that area of the world that I’ve been reviewing over the last year. Since this is a pre-release version I’m reviewing, you probably won’t find samples available on AMAZON or CD BABY yet, but you can check out her personal message about the debut CD on YouTube:
Isn’t that totally cool? Also, Laura has posted samples at her website, so you can “try before you buy”… her sweet vocal on “Venus in Furs” places her in the ultra-cool arena… I couldn’t help but think that she sounds like a 21st Century version of Ricki Lee Jones or Joni Mitchell as I listened to this tasty tune.
My personal favorite of the thirteen songs offered up is the totally intriguing “Nardis”… it’s not like any other tune you’ve listened to in a while, I’ll guarantee that, and that’s exactly why I give her a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information about this album and her other projects on Laura’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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