Artists Worth Checking Out: Roseanna Vitro turns up the fun meter

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Born as Roseanna Elizabeth Vitro on February 28, 1951 in Hot Springs, Arkansas–she originally wanted to be a rock and roll singer.

But jazz eventually became her truer calling.

Booking guests like Arnett Cobb while working on a radio show in Houston during the mid 1970’s, New York suddenly beckoned.  Enter 13 albums (including one performance in 2004 as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador named by the U.S. State Department, you get one of the best of the best.

This week’s entry shows one of her few times dealing with a Brazilian track on her 1991 Chase Music feature, Reaching for the Moon.

Right away, you are completely sucked in–like a powerful vacuum cleaner picking up dust and maybe your carpet literally off the floor with a number like “I Bet You Thought I’d Never Find You.”  The sax and the slower, more relaxed and soothing pace takes over with Duke Ellington’s standard, “In A Sentimental Mood”.  The “Song of Salt” gets a suave version that the late, great Milton Nascimento would have truly appreciated.  The rest of the songs include Kenny Rankin’s cover, “In the Name Of Love” and Ivan Lins’ memorable number on Track 6, “The Island.”

Overall, a very nice album to create just the perfect party mood.  This may be probably the fastest pace of songs that I may be privileged to cover–that is until Fabiana Passoni creates some cool tune ala like she did prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Roseanna continues to perform in many clubs around New York City and Washington from time to time.  Her other albums include doing covers of works originally done by the likes of Steve Allen, Ray Charles, Bill Evans, and in recent years Randy Newman and Clare Fischer.

Next week, it is a return to the familiar MPB vein and an entry from Celia Vaz, as she was definitely going “Ape” with her “Ebb and Flow” album on Far Out Recordings.

With the cooler weather returning in a big way to the Midwest, will those 2016 Farmer’s Almanac entries be accurate just like winter 1997 was?

Overall thoughts–Many songs do pick up the pace quite considerably, and if you have been following my other blog–you will see that many men’s college basketball players and coaches are trying to adapt to a shorter shot clock as one of the many rule changes affecting the sport.  But that will all be profiled on that blog later in the fall.


In the meantime, another TV legend has left us.  Just ten days after longtime ABC Monday Night Football announcer/commentator and one-time New York Giants football great Frank Gifford lost his life, we lost a true trailblazer in the world of TV superheroines as Yvonne Craig passed away this past Wednesday night after a long battle with cancer.  After briefly dating Elvis Presley in the early 1960’s, she would later thrive in the cutthroat world of both residential and commercial real estate in southern California.  She teamed up with her sister in 1995 in helping produce the first-ever paid telephone cards.  A true heart of gold with the kind acts that she did for many people close to her during her later years, she was 78.  The many years of dancing helped her perform the many deft-defying kicks during ABC’s third and mostly rather forgetful season of Batman.  She has decided to enter a different secret path–a path that only Batman’s trusted assistant, Alfred only knew where it was during her short time on the show.  She will be missed.


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