New Artists Records
Dori Levine - voice
Ed Littman - guitar
Dori Levine is a scatting, swinging Jazz singer who posesses a coquettish voice to lure one into her web. On CLICK she sings in duet with guitarist Ed Littman, and the two lovingly caress each song. Levine takes a standard, such as “It Might as Well Be Spring”, and puts a personal twist to make it brand new; yet she just as quickly switches to present the lyrics in a hip, straightforward fashion to give the piece a dual personality. Levine also has a sultry side, which comes out when she glides into Nina Simone’s “Do I Move You”. Littman gets low down with heavy Blues choruses to set the table for Levine to cook on this one. Levine and Littman at times become an instrumental duo when the singer turns her voice into an instrument, such as when she scats her way into an unexpected rendition of “Bye Bye Blackbird”.
Besides the standard repertoire, the two present three totally improvised pieces. Dipping low or rising high with spirited vocalese, Levine takes off on these joyous rides propelled by the intertwined freedom flowing from Littman’s strings. The lengthly “Swipstitch” gives the two extensive room to roam the outer fringes with quirky spontaneity and diverse interactivity. In between these free pieces, the team reverts to the ballad, where Levine sings with sincerity but still adds her original phraseology to the tunes. Levine and Littman have plenty of fun on this zesty session; they have a difinite feel for each other’s direction. and this empathy translates into a delightful musical venture.
Frank Rubolino, CADENCE, July 2006
"If sultriness were patentable, Levine would hold the patent. She vocalizes in a down-to-earth style that projects her voice as an improvising instrument. Yet she can also ooze out emotion as a torch singer, placing her in a dual attack role as a Jazz vocalist. Levine approaches each song with originality and inventiveness...and injects a creative spirit into every note. Whether scatting in non-word phrases or melting steel with her sensual twist on lyrics, she comes off as an inventive artist...raises the level of Jazz vocal originality several notches...definitely worth hearing."
Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine
Dori Levine is a singer who is going to shock some people. She has incredible power and a very personal sound, and a conception that is just audacious. When Dori sings a song, it's like she's telling you a story from her life, and you feel what she feels about it. She holds nothing back....her humor, her capacity to hear everything in the music and respond to it, and the agility of her musical mind gassed everybody in the house. "
Andy Fite, Jazz Life
"Dori Levine's remarkable wordless vocalizing is quite memorable and otherworldly. Her confidence in this unusual musical landscape will stick in one's mind long afterward."
Scott Yanow, Editor, All Music Guide To Jazz
Dori Levine has been performing in clubs and concert settings in and around New York City and abroad for a couple of decades. Her personal improvisational style lends itself to an astonishing range of material. Dori demonstrates impressive ease and freedom whether interpreting standards, singin' the blues or spontaneously creating her own "other worldly" free improvisations. She has achieved recognition for her daring abondon into the art of scat singing and has developed her own distinctive voice in this fascinating arena.
DORI LEVINE has performed at the The Blue Note, Birdland, The Knitting Factory, the legendary Steinway Hall, and other major venues in New York City. She has sung with Kirk Nurock's "Natural Sounds Ensemble" at Carnegie Hall and with Jay Clayton's "Voice Group". She has collaborated with renowned video artist Dara Birnbaum. Dori has also performed abroad in Sweden, Finland, Italy and at the Brighton Festival in England.
DORI LEVINE is available for performances, recordings, private teaching, workshops, master classes and collaborations with other musicians, dancers,
poets and artists.
ED LITTMAN boldly strides into adventurous territory.
Bill Milkowski, writer, Jazz Times