Wild Is Love
Critical Acclaim for Jamie Broumas, \'Wild Is Love\': From THE WASHINGTON POST, September 2008: NEED A LIFT now that summer has faded? \'Wild Is Love\' just might be the remedy, what with jazz vocalist Jamie Broumas kicking things off with a bright, blues-chasing performance of \'What a Little Moonlight Can Do.\' Her sensuous voice and quicksilver flights, animated by drummer Steve Williams\'s fluttering rhythms and offset by saxophonist Charlie Young\'s resonant baritone, is the first of several mood-enhancing performances. Well known in the Washington area for her solo appearances and recordings, as well as her association with the innovative ensembles Rare Silk and Mad Romance, Broumas has chops and personality to spare. The notion that a great jazz vocalist doesn\'t perform a song so much as inhabit it may be a cliche. But it\'s one worth dusting off when everything clicks on \'Wild Is Love,\' whether Broumas is casting a dreamy spell with \'Last Night When We Were Young,\' igniting a torch on \'You Won\'t Forget Me\' or saluting the genius of Antonio Carlos Jobim with a sunny performance of \'Outra Vez,\' rendered in Portuguese. Not least of the album\'s pleasures derive from a colorful assortment of tunes. Bill Evans\'s \'Waltz for Debby\' is a delightful showcase for Broumas\'s interpretative gifts and pianist Steve Randolph\'s vibrant touch. The album\'s title track, one of two performances dedicated to the late Shirley Horn, is equally enjoyable. Watching -- and listening to -- Jamie Broumas develop over the course of a quarter-of-a-century has been this writer\'s pleasure. The combination of gorgeous tone, a convincing interpretive ability, and sheer swing on tune after tune on her new album Wild is Love is irrefutable evidence that she is today a world-class jazz singer. From the ache in her voice on Harold Arlen\'s \'Last Night When We Were Young\' to the horn-like phrasing of her scat on Sammy Cahn\'s \'Day By Day\' Jamie proves that she can do it all. That her taste is impeccable is seen in the choice of materials as well as in the quartet of seasoned professionals whom she brought into the studio as accompanists. On board for the session are Steve Williams, who traveled the world as the late Shirley Horn\'s drummer, pianist and arranger Steve Rudolph, multi-reed player Charlie Young, and bassist Michael Bowie. --W. Royal Stokes, author of \'The Jazz Scene\', \'Swing Era New York\', \'Living the Jazz Life\', and \'Growing Up With Jazz\'. --"Her vocal technique is admirable as she rides the crest of a surging rhythm trio. She swings "Wild", "Moonlight", and "Day By Day" effortlessly, buffeted by Charlie Young's blustery baritone sax, even scatting a bit on the latter. Her soprano voice has timbre and strength as she aims it straight ahead, without affectation or a single trace of reticence." - CADENCE MAGAZINE August, 2008 Other Critical Acclaim for Jamie Broumas: "Jamie Broumas could sing the proverbial phone book and make it sound like something Cole Porter wrote." --Mike Joyce, The Critic's Place "...Broumas has the vocal ability and harmonic finesse to join the ranks of horn players, and charm ours." -The Washington Post "...a gifted musician... always challenges the boundaries of the jazz singer label." -Cadence Magazine "...as graceful and alluring as her scat passages and harmonizing can be, Broumas clearly knows the value of a good lyric, and is careful to make sure her technique serves them..." -The Washington Post "...One of the city's true jazz singers." -Washingtonian Magazine Jamie Broumas - Biography A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie Broumas has been captivating audiences throughout the United States for more than 20 years. A graduate of Vassar College and an alumna of the Berklee College of Music, she has received recognition from musicians and critics alike. A former member of the Grammy-nominated jazz vocal group, Rare Silk, she was also a founding member of the Washington, D.C.-based group, Mad Romance. As a soloist, she has worked with many noted jazz musicians, including Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Willis, Herb Ellis, Steve Rudolph, Billy Hart, Steve Williams, Tom Williams, and Charlie Young. In 1997, Ms. Broumas was a cast member and featured performer for WNET (Channel 13 New York) television's Going Places: New Orleans, hosted by Al Roker. She has also appeared at numerous festivals, including The East Coast Jazz Festival, and the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Festival.
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