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That’s It by Martha J

Sheer loveliness, Italian-born vocalist/goddess Marth J has the dulcet pitch of Petula Clark, the bedroomy-eye timbres of Lena Horne, and the exquisite nuances reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. Martha’s recording, That’s It displays her rendition of several classic jazz numbers that are a part of the American Songbook like George and Ira Gershwin’s "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and Duke Ellington and Paul Frencis Webster’s "I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good." Though Martha J started her music career singing mainstream pop, singing jazz just clicks with her vocals and she sings these songs with a physicality that awakens a new life in these tunes, one with a contemporary voice.

"Stompin’ At The Savoy" draws out a snazzy swing-jazz vibe and the smooth vocal lines of "I Can’t Give You Anything But Love" feel dreamy. Martha’s singing provides a plush haven for the listener, creating an intimacy that opens her up to her audience as she sings directly to each individual. She makes a cozy setting for the listener where falling in love is smiled on and encouraged. The blissful fumes in tracks like "You Go To My Head" and "Angel Eyes" give audiences a retreat from the strife of daily life as her singing insulates the listener in a silky cocoon, and her handling of Ray Noble’s "The Very Thought Of You" makes the listener feel like she is singing directly to them. The sophisticated curves and sleek slopes in her vocals have a sensual strut, and her register has a soft feminine lilt that can charm a cynic into believing that love is worth another try.

Martha J might be considered new to the jazz forum, but jazz enthusiasts must be excited that she is here. Her vocals click with jazz music, showing the same natural beauty that daisies do when they flourish in the sunshine and dolphins do when they swim freely in the wide open seas. Martha J takes care to bring out the graceful lines of these songs and is mindful of their classic beauty. Her voice can turn heads in her direction, and even re-store faith in finding true happiness.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Martha J
  • CD Title: That’s It
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Music Center
  • Tracks: Almost Like Being In Love, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, ‘Deed I Do, You Go To My Head, Angel Eyes, They Can’t Take That Away From me, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Stompin’ At The Savoy, I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good, The Very Thought Of You
  • Musicians: Martha J – vocals, Francesco Chebat – piano, Roberto Piccolo – double bass, Stefano Bertoli – drums
  • Rating: Four Stars
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