Ayelet Rose Gottlieb: Some Kiss


Some Kiss



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Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (voice), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Loren Stillman (saxophones), Anat Fort (piano), Ed Schuller (bass), Take Toriyama (drums, percussion, toys).

Composed by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. Lyrics by Rumi.


Recorded: Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, New Jersey, December, 2005


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

It's an impossible task to catalog and order the many sultry moments in the history of female jazz vocals. I'm thinking back to an award ceremony later in Lena Horne's career when, during her acceptance speech, Horne accompanied the phrase “when it comes” with a naughty gesture employing the awarded trophy. There was also a 10-second period when time stopped as Nora Jones described the joys of stretch jeans during a show in Boston....

Uhh...what was I talking about??

Right! Ayelet Rose Gottlieb! Employing the words of the Persian poet Rumi, Gottlieb has constructed the sensual jazz delight of 2009. Loren Stillman's sax and Avishai Cohen's trumpet set the mood with some slightly dissonant, long tones that interact in a call & response manner with Gottlieb's sensual-by-way-of-Rumi vocals. Gottlieb manages to amp up the dissonance by singing unison lines with the horns, the result of which is a kind of edgy shimmer. As the piece progresses, the complement of her band comes in to add to the celebration of sensuality. By the time we're dealing with seawater that “begs the pearl to break its shell,” the direction and final destination are quite clear. What else is clear is that you probably have not heard a jazz CD as quirky as this in a long, long time.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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