Singer Calabria Foti debuts A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening on MoCo Records
Sultry song stylist, Calabria Foti releases her critically-acclaimed new CD,
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening produced by trombone virtuoso, Bob McChesney for the MoCo Records label (23-002). On the 10-song set, Foti explores an evening of romance from beginning to end, with a rich collection of lush ballads, edgy jazz, and uptempo swing. Ms. Foti’s amazing vocal talent shines on each cut, as does the brilliant playing and string arranging of producer McChesney. The disc features a great ensemble of backup players, including Foti’s longtime collaborators, Matt Harris on piano, Trey Henry on bass, Dick Weller, drums, Larry Koonse, nylon string guitar, Rob Lockart, tenor sax and Luis Conte, percussion. A gorgeous string orchestra accompanies the singer on several tracks.
Music industry icons have gushed over Foti’s sensuous vocals, her uncanny ability to bring out the ‘bare essence’ of every lyric, and to scat like a demon. Legendary crooner, Johnny Mathis, said this about A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening: “One of my greatest pleasures in life is listening to a beautiful voice. This recording of Calabria Foti’s voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. Her heart and mind are on display in every well-chosen song. It is a treasure….what a joy!” Songwriter Johnny Mandel says, “Calabria has all the technique and musicality you could want, and she has the ability to tell a story and touch your heart . . . one of the best CDs I’ve ever heard.”
Trumpeter Chris Botti says, “Calabria is a gifted artist who puts her signature on each of these great standards”. Smooth jazz saxophonist, Dave Koz, says,
“Calabria’s voice is gorgeous, the tracks with orchestra are stunning, the feel of the record is fantastic!”
In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Calabria Foti is also an accomplished violinist who performs an elegant solo on her entrancing version of Gershwin’s “Do It Again”. Says Ms. Foti, “I wanted to make a romantic jazz album that people could put on when they cuddled up with someone special, a record that would “put them in the mood.” Mission accomplished! Destined to be a Classic, the CD is packaged with beautiful artwork and a large pull-out poster of the artist - a must-have for any fan of vocals and jazz. For more information on Calabria Foti and to hear song samples, visit www.CalabriaFoti.com or www.FotiCD.com, and enjoy!