“With depth of feeling, crystalline enunciation, refined musical sensibility, and rich, inviting alto tones, Rose offers fresh, frequently exquisite, takes on the standards presented in Wild Women of Song.” - Jazz Critic Lee Hildebrand
With the dazzling array of tunes on her fifth album Wild Women of Song—all by women songwriters—the veteran San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist Pamela Rose makes a compelling case for the enduring contributions of women to America’s treasure trove of popular music. The new CD’s sly, affectionate subtitle, Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era, describes Rose’s musical mission in no uncertain terms.
Most impressive is Rose’s stylistic range. She’s the rare singer who’s as comfortable belting sassy golden age blues like Alberta Hunter’s “Down Hearted Blues”, swinging hard on Doris Fisher’s “That Ole Devil Called Love” or singing with a divine tenderness on Maria Grever’s “What a Diff’rence a Day Made.” Completing the package, Rose displays her considerable skills as a songwriter, contributing three beautifully crafted originals, one of which was penned with internationally renowned jazz guitarist Mimi Fox.
Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era is a captivating new CD that reports back on Rose’s musical explorations and captures her sumptuous alto in peak form. The new disc, her fifth, was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy Award winner Leslie Ann Jones. The Leslie Ann Jones touch is evident throughout Wild Women of Song. The sound is close and intimate, and each tune features a cast of players ideally suited for the mood intended. As the CD’s producer, she collaborated on every aspect of the project, from tracking down hard-to-find sheet music from Michael Feinstein and Peter Mintun to engaging some of the scene’s most capable players, such as the versatile Matt Catingub, trumpeter Mike Olmos, and Jon Evans (Tori Amos’s bassist).
Rose, the album’s executive producer, called on some of her favorite women musicians—drummer Allison Miller, Mimi Fox, bassist Ruth Davies, and pianist Tammy Hall.
The CD and website (www.wildwomenofsong.com) should prove historically significant to the preservation of these songwriters. But for the listener, "Wild Women of Song" delivers mainstream jazz and blues in an outstandingly produced package.