Gabrielle Stravelli, "Dream Ago," at Pangea - New York City Article
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Gabrielle Stravelli, who was impressive even before she was annointed as a protegee of the living legend Marilyn Maye, offers further proof that we are living in a golden age of contemporary jazz singers. As deep as she is swinging, Ms. Stravelli delivers all her songs with a lovely voice and an unfailingly warm and engaging personality. She’s always been a master of highly original interpretations and arrangements, like her mash-up of Chick Corea’s “You’re Everything” and Stevie Wonder’s “You and I,” while the likes of her refreshingly straightforward, unironic “Mambo Italiano” showcase not only her Italian-American musical heritage but her irresistible sense of humor. (Both of these number are readily viewable on youtube.) Last year’s album, Stairway to the Stars, is a matchless set of fresh treatments of standards, delivered as duets with the redoubtable pianist Michael Kanan, while her new latest, Dream Ago, is the first extended showcase of her skills at writing original songs.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
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