Rita Edmond: Dindi

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.

February 03, 2009 · 0 comments


Elli Fordyce: Dindi

Music is mainly mind-reading; it's psychokinesis among musicians, their listeners and back again. An apt singer can transmit their thoughts, and one can almost see Elli's expressions as she sings this Jobim gem. "Dindi" may mean "little jewel," or it might be taken from the Dirindi Forest near Jobim's estate; it could also be about a beloved Yorkshire terrier. With this inspired performance, Elli could make one believe almost anything. Assimilate a clairvoyant flugelhorn solo and perceptive percussion with a telepathic trio and you've got what is unknown as musical sixth sense. It's more fact than hunch that Elli was singing to her dog "Minty" and the spirit of her "Dindi," but you'd swear she's sending it out to you.

June 10, 2008 · 3 comments


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