Rosey: Who Am I
Who Am I
Luckiest Girl (Quango)
Katisse Buckingham (alto flute), Adam Benjamin (piano), Cameron Stone (cello), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Nate Wood (drums).
Composed by Rosey and John Chin.
Recorded: Los Angeles, January 2006
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
When I looked at the advance copy of vocalist Rosey's new album, Luckiest Girl, my first thought was to quickly dismiss any music that may be on it. As a reviewer, I had been down this road many times before. You can't fool me by putting a beautiful woman on the cover and telling me she is a unique talent who has decided to try her hand at jazz. I know better. This was just another clever way to jam some Smooth Jazz down my throat. (Pardon me while I gag.) Then I played the CD. Oops. I am embarrassed to admit it, but I was dead wrong.
Imagine a voice that is a mix of Fiona Apple and Rickie Lee Jones, and sometimes Astrud Gilberto, and you will have a close approximation of what Rosey sounds like. It is an expressive instrument that many singers would be jealous of. On top of that, she wrote much of the impressive jazz material on the album. At this point, I really am feeling ashamed of my preconceived notions.
The wonderful "Who Am I" is a bossa nova. Rosey possesses the ideal voice, inflection and attitude to carry this off, as if she were in the company of Jobim or the "father of bossa nova," Joćo Gilberto. The beaches of Ipanema are strewn with the failed coronations of would-be bossa nova queens from over the years. Rosey is worthy of wearing the genuine crown if she wishes. In 1964, this would have been a hit. Let's see if today's music fans have enough taste to make it one now.
"Who Am I" represents only one of many jazz styles on the album. Rosey is among the freshest new jazz vocalists heard by these ears in quite some time, and appears to have great potential. We are lucky to have this Luckiest Girl.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky