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Quick, name a female jazz vocal group - not counting those World War II-era sister trios. How about one that performs ancient Greek poetry and sea shanties in English, Finnish and Swedish? Signe isn't really a jazz group, though the quartet does perform at jazz clubs and events. Mostly a cappella, their sound mingles folk, pop, barbershop and choral singing. Their debut album features swooping vocal pyrotechnics worthy of vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross or fellow Finns Tuuletar. Their satiny close harmony turns shrill and cartoony on Cretan Girls, which wears thin after a few listens, though. While Sappho's poems were originally sung accompanied by a lyre, these are accompanied by New York bassist Kaisa Mäensivu of the group Kaisa's Machine. Her supple stand-up bass anchors the set to the jazz tradition, as does vibraphone by Panu Savolainen of the trio Herd. He appears on Tulevaisuuteni, based on a 1925 poem [Tulevaisuuden varjo] by Edith Södergran, which features sublime scat and call-and-response vocals.
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Specifications
Type: CD
Recorded: 2019
Release Date: 2019-02-22
Label: Eclipse Music
Country: Euro
Item No: ECD-201979
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Track List
01 In A Dream
02 Cretan Girls
03 Puhun Totta
04 Ode To Aphrodite I
05 Ode To Aphrodite Ii
06 Ode To Aphrodite Iii
07 Ambrosia
08 Se Kuuluu Jumaliin
09 O Aphrodite
10 Signe Feat. Panu Savolainen - Tulevaisuuteni
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