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Straight Up with a Twist

4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 19, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mad Kat
  • ASIN: B000005L7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to admit it took me a minute to get into this album. At first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer variety of the songs, and just that it wasn't quite what I expected from a jazz vocal album. A friend urged me to listen to it again, and now I feel like every time I listen to this CD I get more out of it. It's really an amazing treasure-trove of music, full of incredible singing, and remarkable musical performances. I was expecting Roy Hargrove to be featured on a hard swinger, and instead he plays muted trumpet throughout, subtly and beautifully--The Night has a Thousand Eyes is a perfect example. I was expecting Charles Brown to be featured on a blues, but no! He appears on a rollicking, obviously tongue in cheek party version of In Crowd (!), and a very slow and painfully poignant Wouldn't it be Loverly, which highlights the original and quite deep meaning of the lyrics.
All in all, this CD is a stunning surprise. I play it over and over, and can't get enough of it. Kitty Margolis is not just an incredible jazz singer, she's also a remarkable (and undersung) musical innovator. She makes everything seems easy and doesn't hit you over the head with her talent. She scats effortlessly and in a way that shows off her amazing command of the idiom, but never sacrifices musciality to show of her considerable chops. She digs into the blues hard, and sings ballads straight from the heart. Pay close attention, listen repeatedly, and you'll be richly rewarded with hours of pleasurable listening. This is some of the most inspiring music I've heard in many, many years.
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Kitty Margolis is just too much fun! From her wild and sexy reggae version of Fever to the incredibly energy she and the band create on My Romance, this album will leave you feeling happy! I love the ballads too, particularly The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, and We Kiss in a Shadow, two little masterpieces...incredible lilting tropical moods. But every track is filled with incredible stuff, and like one of the other reviewers said, it's worth paying really close attention. When I listened to Straight Up on the headphones I found so many more layers of great music to it, lots of delicious little subtleties.
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By A Customer on September 13, 2000
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Kitty has fun on this CD, and I loved listening to it! How glorious to see a woman pull out all the stops and not just look pretty and sing the same old songs the same old way! Kitty Margolis shows off her incredible voice, her creativity, and her joyful approach to jazz on this incredible recording. I love her, her music, her fabulous band (listen to Roy Hargrove and Charles Brown the way you've never heard them before!) and her beautiful risk-taking approach to jazz. Listen to it!
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By A Customer on September 12, 1999
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After hearing her "Evolution" I expected great things from kitty margolis. "Straight Up" exceed all my expectations! This is the most creative album I have heard in years. If anyone has any doubts about the future of jazz singing, here it is! As the other reviewers have said, the album is a trip through a number of different musical styles, all solidly grounded in jazz. The band is incredible, and Kitty Margolis shines on every tune. There's nobody like her singing today. Some of the songs are small miracles of creativity and musical excellence.
Now I can't wait for the next one!
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This is such a great CD I can't stop listening to it! Kitty Margolis has an incredibly versatile and consistently compelling voice. Straight Up With A Twist is a glorious journey through musical styles, moods and rhythms, one that I want to take over and over again!
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I just re-listened to this CD and am once again blown away by Kitty's sound, her arrangements and the production of this excellent set. What depth and range this artist has! I just looked at her website ([...]) and see that she has a a new LIVE CD coming out early 2004. Can't wait to add it to my Kitty collection. As far as I'm concerned Margolis sets the bar for jazz singing today. She can do no wrong.
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What can I say...I have EVERY Kitty CD, I see her perform whenever she is in San Francisco....I just love her. I remember the first time I saw her perform in a lounge at the Fairmont Hotel 7 years ago. She is one in a million. Straight Up With a Twist is just that...a funky twist to some great songs. She has a way a making a song solely hers.
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By A Customer on November 19, 1999
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Shipwreck me on Straight Up With A Twist. A place both familiar and exotic, Kitty delivers pearlescence, effortlessly, from a resonant depth. Precise musicianship and deft production support a spectrum of expression. Intimate, sultry, sassy, funky,...... rescue me.
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