Elli Fordyce: Dindi




Elli Fordyce (vocals)


Something Still Cool

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Elli Fordyce (vocals),

Joe Magnarelli (flugelhorn), Harry Whitaker (piano), Mark Wade (bass), Joe Strasser (drums), Samuel Torres (percussion)


Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. English lyrics by Ray Gilbert


Recorded: New York, April 1999; released 2007


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Music is mainly mind-reading; it's psychokinesis among musicians, their listeners and back again. An apt singer can transmit their thoughts, and one can almost see Elli's expressions as she sings this Jobim gem. "Dindi" may mean "little jewel," or it might be taken from the Dirindi Forest near Jobim's estate; it could also be about a beloved Yorkshire terrier. With this inspired performance, Elli could make one believe almost anything. Assimilate a clairvoyant flugelhorn solo and perceptive percussion with a telepathic trio and you've got what is unknown as musical sixth sense. It's more fact than hunch that Elli was singing to her dog "Minty" and the spirit of her "Dindi," but you'd swear she's sending it out to you.

Reviewer: Marissa Dodge

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  • 1 Kara Johnstad // Jun 15, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    I have always loved this song and am now going to go pick up this album and hear for myself... Kara Johnstad singer/songwriter Host and Producer of THE ESSENCE RADIO SHOW
  • 2 Joyce Myrus // Jun 17, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    This is a superb performance, one of my all time favorite jazz vocal tracks. Uniquely beautiful. Elli is one of the best. She and her group are right together. The whole album is terrific but Dindi is the great one. Joyce Myrus writer, long time jazz listener.
  • 3 Elli Fordyce // Jun 30, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    Wow, Marissa, thank you for the STUNNING review! Best, Elli (ellifordyce@msn.com) www.cdbaby.com/ellifordyce