Margo Reymundo: Wrapped Around Your Finger
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Margo Reymundo (vocals)
My Heart's Desire (Organica Tunes OT 001)
Margo Reymundo (vocals),
F. Kron (keyboards), A. Synowiec (guitar), E. Sittner (bass), C. Wabich (drums, percussion), B. Brock (percussion).
Composed by Sting.
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The liner notes of My Heart's Desire claim that Margo Reymundo's music is "rooted in jazz and pop," and that her influences are "clearly Ella and Sarah." The notes depict a stylist who is creating a new form of vocalizing she calls "organica," which is a "world constructed of unfettered vocals that rivals anything created with synthesized sound."
Here's the deal. I don't hear that much jazz influence. There is some here and there in a phrase or motif. But this is a pop record. I don't hear any Ella or Sarah influences, either. Maybe I am missing something. What I do hear is a very distinctive vocalist who deserves as much recognition as she can get. Reymundo has a beautiful and memorable voice, and should obtain a fair amount of commercial success. This is one talented woman. In fact, I think so much of her singing that I am stretching my definition of jazz just to review her music on jazz.com, in the hopes that folks will make an effort to hear it.
Reymundo approaches Sting's "Wrapped Around My Finger" in a totally different and engaging way. The hint of jazz phrasing passes from her lips, which are most often used to offer a slight reggae. Her voice is a breathy less-jazzed-version of Sade's with some Stevie Nicks thrown in for good measure. It is emotive and a trademark if she puts it to good use. Her backing band finds a good blues-rock groove to help carry the performance. But her voice will have you wrapped around her finger. (I could not help myself.)
Margo Reymundo is a singer you should make a point to hear. I would be happy if she someday comes over to the dark side and records some real jazz. There is no doubt in my mind that she would be good.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky