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Signs of Life

Rondi CharlestonAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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NEW YORK, NY –March 26th, 2013 – SIGNS OF LIFE, the highly anticipated collection of songs from the jazz vocalist-songwriter and lyrical innovator Rondi Charleston, has garnered unanimous critical praise in its first week of release. It is also #6 Most Added at National Jazz Radio.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema Music
  • ASIN: B00B27WSLE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"Utterly delightful.... she works her way into listeners hearts... a joy to
hear" --New York Times

"In addition to the signs of life that burst through every note of this disc, Rondi Charleston has also filled it with unmistakable signs of growth. Her interpretive skills, already well documented on her previous CDs, display added depth as she covers the music of five jazz and pop heavyweights. Her collaborative skills - one of the traits that mark Charleston as a jazz vocalist - remain steady and sure as she surrounds herself with a cast of imposing partners. Best of all, the inclusion of five originals signal that Charleston has graduated from a singer who somtimes composes to a serious songwriter, one with a broad vision and
lyrical skills to match." --Bob Blumenthal, Grammy Award Winning Journalist

"Rondi Charleston is one of those rare artists for whom a song's meaning is as important as its melody. Her personal, thought-provoking, original songs slow the heartbeat and raise the mental senses with a documentarian's acuity. Not many jazz singers dig as deep with such
intensity" --Downbeat

Product Description

Emmy® and Peabody Award®-winning singer/songwriter Rondi Charleston s impeccably produced second release on Motéma brilliantly furthers her reputation as an emotionally effective singer.

Emmy® and Peabody Award® winning singer/songwriter Rondi Charleston presents original story-songs and
delightful jazz cover arrangements that emerge straight from the heartfelt headlines of her life.

Will be co-promoted with the film No Place On Earth, which features the song The Cave Knows co-written with Fred Hersch. The song appears as a bonus on
this CD.

Noted jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, who serves as music director and co-writer on several tunes, brings a polished
jazz aesthetic to this engaging and unusual program.

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2.0 out of 5 stars LJH April 10, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Independent of her verve and elan as a vocalist, this album is vitiated by what I dub the Lyricized Jazz Holocaust, where classics such as Wayne Shorter's sublime "Footprints"-- made even more scintillating by the quintet on "Miles Smiles"--is utterly trashed by overlain lyrics.
Who ever though this was a good idea? Is the objective simply to make the music accessible to a wider audience? A Faustian bargain. Why don't we lyricize Beethoven's late piano sonatas next?

One of the earliest, or at least most egregious examples of the LJH, is Carmen McCrae's butchering of the Monk canon, on "Carmen Does Monk", which is a disgrace to his memory and a disservice to hers.

I wish this debasing trend would stop, and I hope there are jazz enthusiasts out there who are sympatico.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rondi Charleston is Very JAZZ vocal Special ! December 3, 2013
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I heard Rondi on National Radio being interviewed and the music from this CD. Folks she is VERY special on how she portrays her vocals in a Jazz that is quite SPECIAL. Very worth the Listening. Unique is an understatement.
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