Leonisa Ardizzone

Afraid of the Heights

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Leonisa Ardizzone proves to be a multi-faceted vocalist on her debut CD. Initially she launches into a furious vocalese treatment of Charlie Parker's "Anthropology," then offers the humorous "Afraid of the Heights," whistling a half chorus as well. The singer's dramatic take of the standard "Alone Together" is a captivating duet with guitarist Chris Jennings. She adds lyrics to Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat," changing it into a moving ballad about a departed lover. The breezy "I Got Lucky" is a snappy original, though another by Jennings, the bluesy "I'm Not the Same," doesn't hold up quite as well. Bassist Bob Sabin and drummer Justin Hines also provide excellent support throughout the session. On occasion a bit too much reverb is added to Ardizzone's vocals, but that is a minor complaint for her superb debut effort as a leader.

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