Rita Edmond: Misty
Rita Edmond (vocals)
Sketches of a Dream (T.O.T.I Music 137672513-2)
Rita Edmond (vocals),
Ricky Woodard (tenor sax), Joel Scott (piano), James Leary (bass), Quentin Dennard (drums).
Composed by Erroll Garner & Johnny Burke.
Recorded: Pasadena, CA; released November 2007
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Despite the 3.7 bazillion recordings of this Erroll Garner classic, I could not immediately recall which one made my memory bells go off so strongly. I'm embarrassed to report that it might have been the comedian John Byner doing an impression of Johnny Mathis. Ooops! Sorry Ella. Sorry Ms. Vaughan. And sorry Mr. Mathis. Actually, I've done a little penance here, making note of yet another beautiful version of the tune. Rita Edmond's voice illuminates the romance of the story with a lot of inner detail and texture. Supported by a very supple band (especially Joel Scott's piano), Edmond makes you realize how great this song is, not diminished in the least by repeated listens and viewpoints.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski