Songs of the Decades
REBEKAH VICTORIA/Songs of the Decades: Bay Area jazz thrush teams with Wayne Wallace for a nu take on the great American songbook, expanding the scope, the pages, as well as the sound. Pulling it off/together quite nicely, it doesn’t matter if some of these songs are too old for copyright protection, they all sound right together. Solid stuff for jazz vocal fans that want to hear it done right. – Chris Spector, Midwest Record
4 Star Review!
“With pleasant verve, Victoria’s album succeeds on many levels capturing her personality, featuring solid accompanists and guest instrumental soloists, and presenting a generous set of 16 songs from the Great American Songbook.” – Joe Ross, Roots Music Report
“The group of musicians around singer Rebekah Victoria reside in California in the Bay Area around San Francisco. I am no longer young, as the singer, and have played in many famous jazz formations and not come into contact daily with the standards, a natural approach for American musicians, not for European ones. The vocalist has a complete musical training, she studied piano and classical music, but in the end he found the jazz and standards as the best way to express his vocal style. Among the major influences cites Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett. Obviously the most important thing for her is the swing, as well as for the band consists of Chuck Mancini on guitar (of Our Day Will Come performs in a passionate duet with the leader), Bob Steele on bass and Bob Belanski on drums. After many performances in clubs and the conquest of their own public, it has come to this incision made at Fantasy Studios adding some guests between tunes l`altro. The result is a jazz inspired by tradition, done very professionally, between swing and bossa nova, represented here by Desafinado / One Note Samba. She is a warm singer who is most powerful of these standards, she internalized. Overall they describe a love story, by Taking a Chance on Love which opens the disc to We’ll Be Together Again that closes the album. With the band and the guests swinga passionately and gives new life to the most famous standards.” – Vittorio Lo Conte
“Tasty stuff that nicely puts a classic spin on classic tunes.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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by Dan Singer, Singer’s Singer
Rebekah Victoria really stands out here singing her brilliant 17 song program. Her voice has a lot of the highest sounds of Blossom Dearie. Plus you can tell she has a complete understanding of every word she sings. “Taking A Chance On Love” (Duke/La Touche/Fetter) gets things started in a swinging robust action filled take. Rebekah softly, smoothly, deliciously handles herself on “Alfie” (Bacharach/David). The lovely song “So Many Stars” (Mendez/Bergman’s) follows. It’s a real music treat. Her amazingly swift hard driving “I’m Old Fashioned” (Kern/Mercer) will take your breath away. Her drummer Bob Belanski gets a workout throughout this swinger. “Indian Summer” (Herbert/Dubin) is a polished relaxed treatment of a great oldie. Her thoroughly talented instrumental trio really assist her. Finally the familiar ballad “We’ll Be Together Again” (Laine/Fischer) receives a wonderful treatment. Rebekah seems so well suited to sing this emotionally charged song. I trust this also means we will be returning again to a new CD by Ms. Victoria.
“She has a large soprano range and her diction is right on.”
Herb Young, IAJRC Journal – Fall 2016