Rita Edmond: Dindi
Rita Edmond (vocals)
Sketches of a Dream (T.O.T.I. 137672513-2)
Rita Edmond (vocals),
Ricky Woodward (sax), Joel Scott (piano), James Leary (bass), Quentin Dennard (drums).
Composed by Ray Gilbert, Aloysio De Oliveira & Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Recorded: Pasadena, CA, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
I have had the pleasure lately of listening to several very good contemporary female jazz vocalists for the first time. These women have spent serious time on their craft and honed their talents to give themselves completely over. La Tanya Hall and Monique Danielle are two of the best I have heard in a long time. I now happily add Rita Edmond to that list.
The classic Jobim bossa nova "Dindi" (pronounced jin-jee) has been successfully covered by everyone from Jobim himself, Astrud Gilberto, and Frank Sinatra to Claudine Longet(!). Edmond's treatment is very pleasing. After an affecting jazz-tinged vocal introduction, the tune becomes a bossa in earnest. Edmund possesses a deep, expressive voice that is especially impressive in the lower registers. Her tone and phrasing are perfect for the personal story that is told here. Every nuanced syllable brings pleasure. The tune has also been recorded quite well, producing an intimate and crisp experience. Edmond is ably supported by outstanding musicians, including noted saxophonist Ricky Woodward, who offers a strong solo. You can't go wrong listening to Rita Edmond.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky