Vocalist Calabria Foti Releases 'In the Still of the Night'
CALABRIA FOTI is one of music's best-kept secrets. She is a jazz/pop vocalist with a lush, silky voice and impeccable intonation, a recording artist who's shared the spotlight and the microphone with TV's Seth MacFarlane (and garnered a Grammy Award nomination). She's also an active studio musician who has played violin on recordings for some of the top names in music (Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, and many others), and her voice has been featured on television and movies. Legendary singer, Johnny Mathis, gushed upon hearing Calabria's CD, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, "Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Listening to this recording of Calabria Foti's voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard."
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT is Calabria's third album release. It demonstrates and amplifies what the pros have known for a long time - that Calabria Foti is one of the finest jazz/pop vocalists on the scene today.
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT is comprised of 11 songs by Cole Porter. Known for his witty and sometimes risqué lyrics and unusual melodies, Porter has had a lasting impact on the jazz idiom. Calabria worked with pianist Michael Patterson, who arranged and produced the CD to capture Porter at his most introspective, heartfelt and vulnerable.
Patterson is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning composer who has worked across multiple genres and instrumental ensembles, including orchestral and chamber music for concert halls, jazz arrangements and original compositions for big bands and solo artists, and scores for television and film. For this project, he enlisted a roster of A-list musicians, including clarinet virtuoso EDDIE DANIELS, Gene Bertoncini on guitar, RICHARD LOCKER on cello, BOB MCCHESNEY on trombone, IKE STURM on bass, and Jared Schonig on drums.
As he assembled the personnel for the project, Patterson wanted someone very special, someone who could best convey the intimacy of his arrangements while staying true to the honesty of Porter's lyrics. He conferred with Daniels, who also knew Calabria's singing and musicianship, and the two agreed that Calabria Foti was the perfect choice, with her pure tone and musical depth, to bring the delicate sensibilities of Cole Porter's music to life. As Daniels says, "I love Cole Porter. His songs are so heartfelt and the sound of Calabria's voice just touches me. I can't help it . . . I love it."
Calabria was excited to work with Patterson and the all-New York based ensemble. She relates, "The chamber band setting allowed me to really explore the haunting lyrics of each song. If I had to use one word to describe this record, it would be 'sexy.' Each song is very subtle and sensual, leaving space for me to tell the story that Cole Porter wanted told. The feel of the record is almost as if one is a voyeur peeking into Porter's soul, listening to the stories of his life. I really fell in love with these songs. You can hear and feel in a very visceral way Cole Porter's voice in each of these songs . . . a little lonely, yet still longing for love, blatantly wearing his heart on his sleeve."