Half Notes: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – Up to Here/From Here (2009)

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by Mark Saleski

To call Gottlieb a jazz singer is to miss the point. The problem is that that description brings to mind names like Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Abbey Lincoln. Those tremendous artists have their own fine voices but Ayelett Rose Gottlieb is not here to provide a re-experience of that tradition. Instead, Gottlieb breathes new life into old lyric fragments (“Some Kiss,” employing the poetry of Rumi, is especially thought-provoking) as well as her own words to create one of the most sultry (yet oddball) listening experiences of 2009.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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