All About Jazz 2004

All About Jazz
January 3, 2004
CD Review by Michael P. Gladstone

" ...this is Carmen Marsico's jazz vocal debut... Marsico's choice of material shows a good sense of balance mixing standards with known jazz compositions and two originals. The accompanying group, a guitar plus rhythm section combo, sounds well oiled and crisp...Marsico's voice is pleasant and well adapted to the jazz sensibility... She acquits herself well on the two standards, "All or Nothing at All" and "Just One of Those Things", which she scats effectively. A Jobim tune, "Chovendo na Roseira" is handled nicely. On the originals, "Tensions" and "Over Me", Marsico employs a vocalese technique... Her best moments come on the three jazz standards. Monk's "Pannonica" features a little-heard Jon Hendricks lyric...On the Horace Silver ballad "Lonely Woman", Marsico sings the compelling Lorraine Feather lyrics and the concluding Charlie Parker "Confirmation",... All in all, a pleasant vocal jazz entry and we look forward to the next undertaking."