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I couldn't agree more with Johnny Mandel! And coming from a brilliant and talented arranger/composer/conductor himself, he perfectly said all the good things about this sophomore CD of Calabria Foti, "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening." She's one of the most talented and versatile artists who ever graced the world of jazz for she's not only a great singer, but also an arranger, songwriter and violinist as well. You can hear her violin solo on "Do It Again."
With a set of ten timeless and gorgeous standards from the big names of Tin Pan Alley, the likes of George Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh, Cole Porter, Jule Styne, Harold Adamson, among others, Ms. Foti with her impressive vocal art brings glamour with a touch of nostalgia into each song making this CD so listener-friendly and worthy to be in every jazz lover's music collection.
The ingenious charts were flawlessly co-arranged by Ms. Foti with Matt Harris, Trey Henry, and her husband, trombonist/arranger Bob McChesney, who also plays a notable solo on "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening," an all-time favorite of mine.Read more ›
Ms. Foti has it all. She has a beautiful voice and knows how to use it. The voice is a little husky, with little vibrato and a clear tone. Her intonation is perfect. The voice sounds the same throughout her range - she doesn't strain to sing higher or lower, nor does it change with increases in volume.
Her phrasing is impeccable. She knows when to sing a little behind the beat and when to sing "conversationally" by speeding up the syllables in a word or phrase.
The choice of material is also outstanding. There are some well known chestnuts and others not so well known but of equal caliber.
The best things on the album are the medley "I Am Woman/You Fascinate Me So" which is up tempo and really swung, and "I Want To Be Loved" which is sung with great intensity with only the accompaniment of a Fender Rhodes piano.
The arrangements are outstanding as are all of the musicians playing with Ms. Foti.
I cannot praise this album enough. Ms. Foti should have recorded 10 albums by now, not only 2, if the world was just.
After reading in her Bio.that her Parents are Musicians and enveloped her with love and music throughout her childhood and beyond, you can understand, that's exactly what she imparts when she sings to you --Love and Music.
Mr. Sinatra did a few tunes that I think would be great for Calabria (if she's listening) 1) "Please be Kind". 2) "Come Rain or Come Shine". 3) And I love the lyrics in this one, "A Garden in the Rain".
I have her last two CDs "When a Woman Loves a Man" and "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" and I'm looking forward to many more.
I expect to see and hear a lot more of Calabria in the near future in the Movie theaters, Television and Showrooms of the world. She's a very beautiful and talented woman.
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I heard Calabria Foti on Sirius Radio "The Sinatra Channel" a month ago and I was overwhelmed by the smooth and luscious sounds from this singer I was unaware of. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Hayes
Calabria Foti never disappoints. She is truly one of the great jazz singers and my husband can't get enough of listening to her.Published on April 2, 2014 by Jane H. Glascott
The perfect title for this CD. I am a new fan and have this CD & one other and love them both. The very first song on the CD, Love Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow, will grab... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Indy Rose
I PAID FOR A NEW COPY AND WAS SENT A USED OPENED COPY.
I WOULD LIKE THE REFUND PLEASE.
ALBUM IS GREAT, BUT HOW TO RECOMMEND AMAZON??? USED COPY SENT. Read more
Calabria Foti is a welcome new voice on the scene! She has a beautiful voice, wonderful phrasing, and an unpretentious delivery reminiscent of some of the better singers before... Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by Pianomal
Calabria ranks among the top romantic singers of all time.......a superb recording
a gorgeous face a marvelous voice and magnificent expression ... nothing is missing!
She has a very smooth voice and great musicians too. The music is perfect for dinner or an intimate evening.Published on October 1, 2010 by C. Hendrix
Calabria Foti is a musician's singer - she treats every note, every syllable with loving care, and without any doubt that she knows exactly where that note should be. Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by David J. Haldeman