Greta Matassa: I Wanna Be Loved (Resonance Records)
by Fred Bouchard, Downbeat
Snappy, boppish, conversational--Greta Matassa is totally with her gutsy band-mates on this packed set of tight octet charts. She's a snarly scatter and gritty blueser, complete with twists and risks. Her rich-toned contralto rubs head to head time and again with tenor guy Steve Wilkerson in earnest, hearty, robust takes on "Broadway, Broadway" and the title scorcher. She conjures Bob Dorough's love-crazed fun on " Nothing like you" and Ernestine Anderson's weary wisdom on "Would you Believe". Matassa often flips to the sultry, cosseted in strings, purring black anthems ("Chan's Song" "Save Me") and white hopes ("You'll See" "Two for the road"). both sound and music are live and up-close.
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