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Alma Micic: Introducing Alma

- CD Reviews

Alma Micic: Introducing Alma
2004 CTA Records

Alma Micic on Voice
Brandon McCune on Piano
Sean Conly on Bass
Israel Bannerman on Drums

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
February 5, 2006

This CD showcases Alma Micic’s superb vocal abilities, as she blends with and soars over piano, bass, and drums. With songs in English, Montenegrin Traditional, and Scat, Ms. Micic’s recording reveals her versatility, vivaciousness, and vamp. This is a midnight and candlelight collection of ballads and even one samba.

Notable tracks:

#2 –Corcovado – Composed by A. C. Jobim. This track begins and ends with a repetitive piano refrain, with percussive drums and surreal samba. Sung in English, Quiet Nights and Quiet Days, Micic does not diffuse its exotic appeal. This is a most interesting twist to a renowned standard.

#4 –Something to Live For – Composed by B. Strayhorn and D. Ellington. With the barest of Bannerman’s brushes and Conly’s bass, Micic and McCune share the track with elegance and ephemeral quietude. Micic’s vocals tumble like raindrops in flight.

#7 –Sejdefu Majka Budjase – Montenegrin Traditional. This song, emanating from Montenegro, near Ms. Micic’s native Serbia, is sung with clarity and class. I would like to hear more songs in the repertoire from Ms. Micic’s homeland, as her language and passion in the genre add to the quality of its fascination.

#9 –I Remember You – Composed by J. Mercer and V. Schertzinger. This track showcases piano and drums, but adds Ms. Micic’s own style of accented scat in buoyant swing. The lyrics are the lesser focus, as the fused jazzy rhythms pulsate.

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