Elisabeth Kontomanou: Sunny
Elisabeth Kontomanou (vocals)
Waitin' for Spring (Nocturne NTCD 385)
Daryl Hall (bass), Donald Kontomanou (drums).
Composed by Bobby Hebb.
Recorded: Paris, July 2005
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Elisabeth Kontomanou once lived in New York and played with Leon Parker, Mike Stern and Sam Newsome. Now she's back in Europe, where she legitimately became a star. But her way of singing bridges the Atlantic, for the better. Here, her deep raw voice tackles a pop hit from the '60s and makes it a jazz gem. John Scofield's funky guitar is of great help as it supports her in the intro and coda, and is particularly effective with the rhythm team as Kontomanou scats in a soulful way.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum