Roberta Gambarini: Lover Come Back to Me


Lover Come Back to Me



Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm 1122)

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Roberta Gambarini (vocals), Tamir Hendelman (piano), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Joe La Barbera (drums).

Composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein


Recorded: Los Angeles, June 18-19, 2004


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

The spirit of Ella lives! Gambarini shows off her considerable vocal skills on this rapid-fire version of the Sigmund Romberg standard. And not the slightest telltale accent betrays the Italian origins of this up-and-coming vocalist, who first made her name working in Milan clubs during her late teens. A tendency to be too slick may be Gambarini's only limitation - the mood is so upbeat that it's hard to imagine that she is singing a lament about a lost lover here. But her scat-singing is impressive and her phrasing impeccable.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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