MUSIC REVIEW

TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS
Review from ALL MUSIC GUIDE

www.allmusic.com

In 1986, Philippine singer Kuh Ledesma released Too Marvelous for Words, a vocal jazz album. The album contains a number of well-known American standards given a jazz touch. The album opens with the well-known "All of You," on which Ledesma's singing really swings, and the accompaniment swings right along with her. She sounds confident and graceful, and is comfortable in the jazz world. The horns provide exciting riffs that contribute to the sense of forward momentum, also propelled by the swinging rhythm section of bass and drums. Things slow down on the tender torch song "I'm in the Mood for Love," on which Ledesma strikes a sultry pose and delves into the lyrics and melody. The song contains an exciting, improvised saxophone solo heard over warm strings. Ledesma swings once again on "Fascinating Rhythm," a song that Ella Fitzgerald also recorded in her esteemed 1959 Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. Ledesma's version swings harder than Fitzgerald's version. One of the solos on Ledesma's version contains a soul-jazz ambience, thanks to the soulful organ. "Too Marvelous for Words" is another example of elegant swing, and Ledesma puts much enthusiasm and passion into her performance. She delves into the lyrics of the Platters' "I Only Have Eyes for You," and sings at a slower, more sensuous pace than the original. She's upbeat once again on Frank Sinatra's "The Lady Is a Tramp," which closes the album on a triumphant note. David Gonzales


CLOSE WINDOW