"...If you like your singers bold and sassy, Grace Testani delivers on both counts! ~ Jazz Times Magazine
"... She showed that she has listened well.
She bent notes, stretched phrases, scatted
and melismatized with the best of them."
"The first thing a listener hears on Grace Testani’s Something’s
Coming isn’t Grace Testani, but rather an obviously seasoned back-up
group complete with congas and a McCoy Tyner-influenced vamp. In only
14 seconds, the take-charge nature of the instrumentalists creates anticipation
for the singer to follow. Testani doesn’t disappoint. Instead of
meeting expectations head-on with the melody of “Sweetest Sounds,” Testani
repeats the note on which pianist Jim McNeely concludes the intro, and
then descends chromatically to the resolution of first chorus at the
repeat. Testani possesses verve and force and puts them to use in her
“As it was happening, as you were making the music, I was aware
of the effect and tried to identify right then what was going on. Best
I can say, it was as though you were showing an image of, maybe, an old
and beautiful garden. Where another singer might have zoomed in on the
roses, you showed them in the context of the brick wall that gave this
lovely spot its bounds. You showed these bricks, this wall, that gave
definition to the space and then you went into the mortar between the
bricks and into the moss covering them. You went deep. Your performance--you--were
"...A risk-taking singer with an impressive
range and an appealing, slightly husky voice...
Testani gives us reason to be optimistic
about the future of jazz singing.
"... Grace gave a terrific show, moving easily
from ballads to bossa nova to blues. She was
clearly enjoying herself and she communicated
this enthusiasm very effectively... For an encore, the group performed
an old Bill Withers’ tune that was so good, it left
the audience begging for more!"
"... Grace is equally comfortable singing
standards or mainstream jazz instrumentals
with lyrics. Her sense of the jazz tradition,
her respect of the lyric, her interpretations
and improvisation, and her ability to "swing"
in any situation, make her performances
always a unique and enjoyable experience."
"...Her version of Kenny Barron's "Morning
Sunshower" is a gem. … Recommended
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