The New York City Jazz Record – 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.