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All Baby Wants is Me

by Rita di Ghent

Jazz Standards and two originals by Canada's two-time Jazz Vocalist of the Year and Prix de Jazz Nominee. "The girl is brilliant!!! She's got a million dollars down her throat!" (Jazz Cafe, Australia) "Extraordinarily compelling!" (S. China morning post)
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. All Baby Wants Is Me Rita Di Ghent
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2. I Want A Little Boy Rita Di Ghent
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3. You Go To My Head Rita Di Ghent
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4. So Nice Rita Di Ghent
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5. You're Not the Kind Rita Di Ghent
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6. I've Got a Crush on You Rita Di Ghent
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7. Somewhere Over the Rainbow Rita Di Ghent
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8. What A Little Moonlight Can Do Rita Di Ghent
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9. Trav'lin' Light Rita Di Ghent
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10. You Hit the Spot Rita Di Ghent
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11. Nicely Situated Rita Di Ghent
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12. Nowhere Rita Di Ghent
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13. Willow Weep For Me Rita di Ghent
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“The coolest jazz diva on the scene.” (Ottawa X-press)

“…one of the most interesting singers of the contemporary era…” (Author, New York critic, Will Friedwald)

“Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Rita di Ghent and her band are booked for just about every major Canadian Jazz Festival this summer…di Ghent is a true original…Her composition $20 Ring is absolutely captivating. This vocalist is a coveted Canadian treasure.” (The Jazz Review)

“di Ghent’s versions of God Bless the Child and Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman are beautiful in their simplicity, her voice capturing determination and frailty as it dips and disappears…Signs of Spring in My Neighbourhood is a fantastic slice of life from her Dundsas/Sherbourne hood. She paints lyrical pictures with color and detachment, pulling you in and leaving you wondering…

Who knows?—maybe one day they’ll make one of those Canadian Heritage commercials about the invention of Sprawl…” (Eye Magazine, Toronto)

“…to find an artist who can write and perform out of a traditional jazz setting, and yet do it in a way that appeals to a wide cross-section of musical tastes in no easy feat. To find this quality in an artist who also maintains the highest standards of musical integrity is even more rare. Rita is such an artist.” (The Medicine Hat News)

“Intertwining original material with standard tunes is one of my favourite aspects of di Ghent’s work…di Ghent has a definitely refreshing sound. If the future of Jazz is Rita di Ghent, then the future sounds bright.” (The Vancouver Discorder)

“…di Ghent is in the mold-breaking business, and has come up with a style all of her own called “sprawl”….sharp, sassy, funky and even fashionable, di Ghent’s performance demonstrated that she can sing jazz in the traditional sense while also bringing her own more modern lyrical and vocal skills to the party. Several of her own song, which focus on North American street life, are excellent, particularly 20 Dollar Ring, a tale of a poverty-stricken girl murdered for a worthless piece of jewelry, and the witty Signs of Spring in My Neighbourhood. Perhaps the high point of the show, however, was a radical re-invention of Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman…extraordinarily compelling.” (The South China Morning Post)

…”Rita di Ghent est une chanteuse hot dans la tradition, avec une belle voix mezzo qui colle a merveille (“What a Little Moonlight Can Do”)… Rita di Ghent est une chanteuse don’t on se souvient et qui ne laisse pas indifferent. (Michel Bedin, Jazz Hot, Paris)

the Media York instructor has great jazz ideas, says New York reviewer
"The best new singers I’ve heard have depended not so much on pure sonic pleasure or vocal emotion, but on ideas," wrote jazz columnist Will Friedwald in The New York Sun Dec. 9. One of them is Rita di Ghent (BFA '83), who teaches jazz vocals in York's Music Department. "The three albums I’ve heard by her (on Groove Productions), all have new ideas on them," wrote Friedwald. Her latest album is Standard Sessions II, in which she does Jacques Brel’s "Ne Me Quitte Pas" as a jazz ballad with string section and solo bass – a sound reminiscent of Charlie Haden’s recent albums, said the reviewer. "Di Ghent’s most engaging idea is the sound she calls ‘sprawl,’ in which she starts with a standard, like ‘He’s Funny That Way,’ and departs from it in an original passage that’s somewhere between rap and poetry recitation," wrote Friedwald. "These variations make vintage songs seem contemporary without sounding like she’s stooping to conquer. Now that’s a new idea."


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