[JPL] Roberta Gambarini

Ron Gill ron_gill at verizon.net
Thu Sep 14 16:38:29 EDT 2006

From: Eric Jackson <eric-jackson at comcast.net>
Date: 2006/09/14 Thu AM 06:27:20 CDT
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Subject: [JPL] Roberta Gambarini


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In an interview many years ago with Carmen McRae, my all time favorite vocalist, I mentioned to Carmen that I could hear her influences in her early recordings of Sarah, Billie in particular. Her response to me was: "You're absolutely correct. However, as a singer continues to sing and grow over the years their own personality begins to emerge and eventually they begin to sing in their own voice and expression."
I agree with my colleque, Eric Jackson. Roberta is a fine jazz singer, but she still has a long way to go before being compared to the masters, especially in making you 'listen' to what she is saying 'in' the song.
To my peer, Mr. Mazel, it is wonderful to hear opinions about music from this group. It's what JPL is all about, a learning experience. And, it's also wonderful to see their postings other than playlists.
Ron Gill
Jazz Gallery
WGBH 89.7 FM
Boston, MA

I really enjoy Roberta's singing on her CD. I haven't heard her live but I 
think she's one of the most interesting vocalists I have heard in years.

I would not put her in a category with the masters yet. From the first time I 
heard her CD I thought she often reminded me of Carmen McRae and occasionally 
she reminded me of Ella. I think, for me, she'll have to stop reminding me of 
someone else before I'm willing to call her one of the masters. When I listen 
to Billie, Ella, Sarah, or Carmen I am not listening to Louis , Bessie or Nat 
or the Boswell Sisters. The masters were perhaps influenced by these folks 
and others at some early stage of their careers but they moved past those 
influences and established their own identity and sound. Roberta's CD, to 
these ears, doesn't show that she has gotten to that point yet.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM

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