When someone like Sammy Nestico, famous for his arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra and Sarah Vaughan, says a lady can sing, you had better listen to her because he knows his business well: producing great songs for great singers. The truth is that Nestico could hardly be more positive about Calabria Foti--who has just released, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(MoCo, 2007)--saying, Calabria is the complete artist."
Over and over, critics remark how she draws the bare essence" out of a lyric by singing the notes with unadorned sincerity, making her songs fresh and full-faced, as if each were important news. She brings emotion, intelligence and ultra-high standards to the music, and has that rare quality of letting you in on the little secret she seems to be keeping.
AAJ Contributor Joao Moreira dos Santos spoke with Foti about bringing lyrics to life, creating albums with a story and more.
Check out Calabria Foti: A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening at AAJ today!