THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
NEW YORK’s ONLY HOMEGROWN JAZZ GAZETTE SEPTEMBER 2015
Essence of Coalescence
by Katie Bull
This month highlights vocalists who are catalytic, whether inspiring ensemble unions, reimagining interpretations or sparking their ensembles’ energy.
Let’s start with the indescribably fun, free and expansive sounds of trumpeter/ukulele player Ersilia Prosperi’s Sardinian/Italian sextet “OU” (egg in Sardinian dialect); in their second recording Scrambled (Spoot-Public Eyesore) lead vocalist Martina Fadda’s stunning voice is front, center and thread within the fission of the Rome-based band’s energy, often igniting it.
Fadda’s range is wide, her timbres a mix of silky and brassy texture delivered with zero false flourish. Fadda and the band succeed in blurring boundaries between jazz, world music and boldly poetic soundscapes.