Jazz - Out of the Blue
May 21, 2019 5:02 PM   Subscribe

Rita Payés, a young jazz vocalist and trombonist, performs Imagina accompanied by her mother, Elisabeth Roma, on guitar.

A Rita, with Elisabeth Roma.

Please Tell Me Now, with Tony Saigi, piano.

Cheek to Cheek, a duet with Andrea Motis (Wikipedia).

Rita Payés and Andrea Motis are products of an impressive talent incubator, the Sant Andreu Jazz Band (Wikipedia) , a youth jazz band from Barcelona led by Joan Chamorro. The band (pre- Rita Payés, as far as I can tell) was featured in a 2012 documentary A film about kids and music (en español).

How High the Moon

Out of the Blue

(All non-Wikipedia links are youtube.)
posted by rekrap (6 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I learned about this group a few years ago. Every song they do is fantastic. That these women are all great singers, but also fantastic players on their instruments (and sometimes more than one). here's a fun one with some dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g65Z3iGDrNA
posted by jonathanhughes at 6:38 PM on May 21

That Imagina video, the musicality and perfectly casual control on display there is just... what is a fancy way of saying chef kiss? Transportive.
posted by Mizu at 6:49 PM on May 21

It is a shame that she is as good a singer as she is, because she's that good a trombonist tonally that the arrangements are under-utilizing the instrument. Don't get me wrong, I love her voice - as in ... yeah... I'm digging through and then some - but... she translates that ... broken lilt from her voice straight into some great phrasings on the trombone.

Her voice is so expressive that they put it on the slower / sustained parts and are too willing to push the bone to more of a beebop freeflow - which she's *so* good at... but... I'm left with wanting to hear her get the same level of expression and pacing on the trombone that she gets to take with her vocals... I don't want to hear the fast - I want to hear what she does with the

posted by Nanukthedog at 7:25 PM on May 21 [1 favorite]

Fantastic! Lots of other good tunes on YouTube -- I liked this one: Flor de lis
posted by oakroom at 8:17 AM on May 22

Very nice stuff! Thank you, rekrap.
posted by nangar at 11:18 AM on May 22

I'm always delighted to hear a trombone facing forward, and her control, phrasing and tone are all superb. Absolutely wonderful, thank you.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 2:34 PM on May 22

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