Margie Notte: Too Close for Comfort


Too Close for Comfort


Margie Notte (vocals)


Just You, Just Me: Live at Cecil's (Gnote Records GRCD-1001)

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Margie Notte (vocals),

Don Braden (saxes, flute), Jason Teborek (piano), Tom DiCarlo (bass), Cecil Brooks III (drums)


Composed by J. Bock, L. Holofcener & G.D. Weiss


Recorded: West Orange, NJ, April 27, 2008


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Regardless of who sings "Too Close for Comfort," I think of Ella Fitzgerald. It doesn't even matter whether a man or a woman sings the tune. I still think of Ella. So it's under that light that all versions are measured. If there were to be a movie about Ella's life, I nominate Margie Notte to supply the voice. She doesn't copy Fitzgerald, but comes pretty close to channeling her. It is an enjoyable déjà vu performed in front of a live audience you feel every bit a part of. Saxophonist Don Braden, who acts as producer, musician and even CD cover photographer, is joined by pianist Jason Teborek, bassist Tom DiCarlo and drummer Cecil Brooks III to form an impressive quartet to back Notte. The song even includes a slow reprise ending that would fit perfectly into that Ella biopic they should make. "Too Close for Comfort" is part of a hot set from Notte and her band. Investigate it. Closely.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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