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Songs I Wrote or Wish I Did

Artist: Judi Silvano
Judi Silvano - Songs I Wrote or Wish I Did CD
Label: JSL Recordings
Regular Price: $13.95
On Sale For: $6.98 
Year: 1999
Format: CD


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Judi Silvano has become recognized as one of the leading progressive jazz singers of our day, and her newest release, Songs I Wrote or Wish I Did, is a multiple-course feast that samples her various musical recipes.

Backed by a top-flight crew of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Victor Lewis, Silvano can be heard forging her unpredictable way through such original numbers as the catchy, wordless melody "Listen to This," which features her well-sculpted soprano scatting. Other fine Silvano compositions include "Make It a Classic," which spikes its angular melody with quirky accents (and lets Juris' reverbed guitar frolic in the background), as well as "Hey Boy," an infectiously funky groove with Silvano's soaring vocal lines backed by multitracked tones.

Among those songs Silvano wished she'd written are the Abbey Lincoln chestnut, "When Love Was You & Me" -- which finds Silvano gracefully navigating its soft-shouldered contours -- with a delightfully retro-toned organ solo from Goldings. From the Jim Hall songbook comes the dreamily lyrical "Something Tells Me" (written by his wife Jane), where Juris accompanies Silvano with Hall-styled clarity. On the more avant-garde side comes the trance-like "I Love Music," with unusual accompaniment by Juris and Goldings (but with a more definite tempo than listeners know from the original version by the Joe Lovano/Gonzalo Rubalcaba duo). And Lovano, who happens to be Silvano's husband, makes a guest appearance on the Billy Strayhorn classic, "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," offering agile flourishes to match Silvano's long, languorous tones.

These tracks, and others, prove that Judi Silvano's fresh interpretations let her lay claim not only to those songs she wrote, but to the ones she wishes she had as well.

Drew Wheeler,
CDNOW Senior Editor,

Judi Silvano (vocals); Larry Goldings (organ); Vic Juris (guitars); Essiet Essiet (bass); Victor Lewis (drums); Joe Lovano (tenor sax)
  • Sad & Blue
  • When Love Was You & Me
  • Make It A Classic
  • A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
  • Without Rhyme or Reason
  • I Love Music
  • Listen to This
  • If I'm Lucky
  • Hey Boy
  • Climbin' The Peak
  • Something Tells Me
  • You're My One
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