Margie Notte: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Margie Notte (vocals)
Just You, Just Me: Live at Cecil's (Gnote Records GRCD-1001)
Margie Notte (vocals),
Don Braden (saxes, flute), Jason Teborek (piano), Tom DiCarlo (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums).
Composed by Rodgers & Hart.
Recorded: West Orange, NJ, April 27, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
I seem to be on some sort of hot streak when it comes to hearing really good female jazz vocalists. While I appreciate that, it's not my favorite genre. I don't go out of my way to see lady jazz singers perform or buy their albums. (As I write, I realize the same is true regarding their male counterparts.) I am of the opinion that the jazz vocal repertoire has become somewhat stale. It doesn't interest me. There is nothing really new about the song selections on Marge Notte's Just You, Just Me either. On the surface we would seem to be in store for yet another singer interpreting the classics.
Well, there is "interpreting the classics" and "Interpreting the Classics!" Tired repertoire or not, this artist deserves the highest praise. She is a wonderful singer and song stylist, surrounded here by top-notch jazzmen who would go over with this live audience whether or not Notte was singing. But this CD is about her. On "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," she sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day. It took about 10 seconds of listening for me to realize that. The lower register is all Ella. The similarity is especially clear at the end of her phrases. The higher register and a bit of the sunny attitude is Doris Day. (Don't let anyone tell you that Doris Day couldn't sing!) Anyhow, comparisons are used to describe, not define. Margie Notte's voice is an original instrument. She could take the stalest ballad and turn it into magic. As far as I am concerned, she can sing whatever she wants to.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky