Annie Ross

Let Me Sing
Marcia Hillman, All About Jazz
October 2005

Annie Ross is, indeed, a diva. The voice is now smoky and husky and low in range, but the feeling and interpretation are strong as ever. Accompanied by piano (Tardo Hammer), bass (Neal Miner) and drums (Jimmy Wormworth), she adds Bucky Pizzarelli’s magical guitar and Warren Vaché’s punctuating solos and fills on trumpet. The group evidently all got together over a period of two nights to put this offering together using only head arrangements, much of the material being featured weekly at Danny’s Skylight Room through the end of the year.

The standards Ross selected are some of the best: two Gershwin songs, “Embraceable You” and “Isn’t It A Pity” are sung with their respective verses, as is Mercer/Arlen’s “Accentuate The Positive”. She pairs Victor Herbert’s “Kiss Me Again” with “Indian Summer” (on which Vaché delivers a sensitive solo) and Rodgers & Hart’s “Nobody’s Heart” - sung a capella - with Dietz/Schwartz’ “By Myself”. “Fun To Be Fooled”, “Day In Day Out”, “I’ve Told Every Little Star”, “Just Friends” and “I Thought About You” are all swinging finger snappers and the last track, Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” (sung out of tempo), is just Ross and Pizzarelli. The lady is a spellbinder.