Roberta Gambarini: On the Sunny Side of the Street


On the Sunny Side of the Street



Easy to Love (Kindred Rhythm 1122)

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Roberta Gambarini (vocals), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Joe La Barbera (drums),

Tamir Hendelman (piano)


Composed by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields


Recorded: Los Angeles, June 18-19, 1994


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

If you feel jazz peaked around the time the Soviets launched Sputnik, you will like this singer, whose vocal chords still think that it's 1958. This song (which actually dates back to 1930) plays to Gambarini's strengths. She has a bright, upbeat tone that permeates her musical persona -- an attitude that is well suited for this paean to good weather and pleasant strolls. I can even believe that someone might break into scat singing in the middle of this performance -- which Gambarini does to fine effect. And certainly she can hit the notes, no matter how fast they come at her. Yes, it's all so retro, but '58 was a very good year.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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