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Album Review

While the jazz world continues to celebrate the celebrity of great contemporary vocalists like Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves, some of the most powerfully emotional, soulful singing and jazzy phrasing and arrangements in the late 2000s are coming from indie artists like Rita Edmond. This wonderfully conceived and produced set of 16 standards — which you might think you've heard enough of until you hear them refashioned so imaginatively and beautifully again like this — isn't just a random collection of Great American Songbook tunes. For the California-based vocalist, the CD title has a meaning and a story. Balancing snazzy uptempo charts on "All the Way," "On the Street Where You Live," and "My Romance" with gentler contemplations of Jobim's "Dindi" and the divinely torchy and melancholic Jay Livingston-Ray Evans tune "Never Let Me Go," Edmond is sketching out a lifetime dream of what she wants to accomplish vocally. Her lifelong love of and leaning toward jazz is obvious; throughout the multifaceted set, she conveys her belief that it is the most liberating, free-flowing music that exists. Choosing her songs carefully, tapping into the sorrow and joys of life, she fashions with these sketches a career-defining work that is truly the culmination of a life deeply felt and well lived. The good news is, now that she's achieving her dream, her recording career is just getting started.

Customer Reviews

Sketches of a Dream

Just what I needed to hear, a fresh new artist covering some of my favorite jazz vocals and commands them very well. I hope she has met LaVerne Butler who I think they would really hit it off well because of their appoarch their vocal as a instrument. Thanks, Rita and record more, you're gonna get a lot of attention very soon . . if you haven't already. I'll spread the word. Oh! yeah, love your sidemen they don't get in your way.

Sketches of a Dream

If you like old school this is it. Clean ,crisp and it makes you feel can't go wrong.

Sketches of a Dream

This is one of those female vocalist that has IT. Rita is just right. It's recorded very well. This has become a fixture in my weekly listening. She has a very uplifting characteristic (for lack of a better word). She's not screaming - nor is she putting you to sleep. She's just right.


Sketches of a Dream, Rita Edmond
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