Roberta Gambarini: Lover Come Back to Me
Lover Come Back to Me
Roberta Gambarini (vocals)
Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm 1122)
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