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Album Review

While she's a fresh and exotic voice on the recording scene, the multi-talented, Italian-born, internationally minded singer and musician has been keeping great company. With a vocal range and style that quickly bring Dianne Reeves to mind, she's recorded with Tony Bennett and James Taylor; so impressed Burt Bacharach that he collaborated here on the lush, emotional ballad "Trouble"; snagged legendary rock producer Russ Titelman to helm the recording; and is roundly adored by no less than '80s pop queen Cyndi Lauper, who crowed, "This record is haunting and she's just fantastic...her voice just captivates you." What Cyndi says. Civello's not quite as crisp vocally as Lizz Wright, but her jazz-soul heart is in the same place while traversing many borders — singing in English, Italian, and Portuguese. While gently swinging numbers like the Brazilian-flavored, hypnotic "Ora" are more compelling, slower and smokier tunes like "Parole Incerte" offer her deepest modes of expression. Her skills as a songwriter are firmly on display, but she chooses a few interesting, somewhat obscure covers in samba-flavored cuts like Suzanne Vega's graceful "Caramel" and Rosa Passos/Fernando DeOliveira's "Outono." That sort of globe-trotting will set her apart from the pack of great female singers currently dotting the jazz landscape.

Customer Reviews

Easy on the ears

This is a great disc. If you haven't already, listen to the samples and give it a chance. I saw her perform live and she captivated me; I had to download this album as soon as I got home. Her voice is sweet and soothing, great for a rainy day or a romantic dinner soundtrack. The songs themselves are something special, too. From the gently self-conscious lyrics of "The Wrong Goodbye" and "Last Quarter Moon" to the more sensual tracks like "Caramel," each song is distinct--but they work together beautifully.

In response to "DJJAZZ"

Chiara is a very talented singer. The request you made wanting your music "in English" shouts loud and clear as to the lack of music appreciation you possess. You proclaim yourself a "Jazz Aficionado"? Don't be ridiculous. No true aficionado would make the simple-minded statement you did. If you are an aficionado of anything it is of singing into your hairbrush in front of your mirror while dancing around in your soiled underwear wondering why the world has not discovered your talent. Go back to your Britney Spears CD and leave the real music for the adults you idiot.

Chiara is truly an amazing singer.

Chiara's album reached inside my heart and soul and touched me very deeply. I am in love with her music. The band is quite harmoneous and intensify Chiara's voice in such a way that it will touch you deeply. Love you Chiara. Can't wait to see you in concert. I am a music major in school; play piano and accoustic guitar, bass; I would love to play with you! love, Hugo

Biography

Born: June 15, 1975 in Rome, Italy

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Originally from Rome but now based in New York City, Italian singer/songwriter Chiara Civello is an eclectic, far-reaching artist who brings a variety of pop, jazz, cabaret and Latin influences to the table. Although Civello has performed straight-ahead jazz in the past, she is not a full-time jazz singer or a bebop purist by any means; stylistically, much of the material she has recorded for Verve is closer to Sade, Basia, Norah Jones, Nellie McKay (minus the eccentricity and sharp-tongued humor)...
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