Roseanna Vitro: Do Something


Do Something


Roseanna Vitro (vocals)


Live At The Kennedy Center (Challenge 73252)

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Roseanna Vitro (vocals),

Kenny Werner (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Tim Horner (drums)


Composed by Bud Green and Sam Stept


Recorded: Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, September 16 & 17, 2005


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Roseanna Vitro is one of the most versatile singers working today. She has recorded album-length tributes to both Ray Charles and Bill Evans, and one of her performing groups melds jazz with Eastern Indian music. Her ballads have a great sense of immediacy, and her blues singing can rattle the foundations. “Please Do Something” shows off her delightful sense of humor. The song was written in 1929 by Bud Green and Sam Stept and resurrected by Betty Carter. The song deals with an after-hours tryst. In Carter’s rendition (which is much more explicit than the original), she is increasingly frustrated by her young companion’s inexperience. Vitro’s version--funneled through Carter's revision--is light-hearted and seductive, as she tries to convince a man to share her “king-sized, motorized” bed. Vitro’s scat solo is a miniature history of vocal jazz. Starting with ideas borrowed from swing style (including a quote from Lester Young’s “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid”), Vitro gradually adds bop phrases, and in a surprising--and apparently spontaneous-- twist, she ends the chorus with the free-jazz yodeling of Leon Thomas! Throughout the performance, Vitro sings with great spirit and captivating swing, and the overriding good humor of the piece even gets to her at the end.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe


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