On the Jazzy Side of Blue
Pamela Rose, a San Franciscan jazz/blues singer well known for her powerful stage presence and warm full-bodied vocals, made this jazz/blues recording debut by teaming up with pianist Nate Ginsberg. 'Pamela Rose knocks out 14 highly charged rhythm specialties ranging from such Louis Jordan numbers as 'Three Handed Woman' and 'Is You Is (Or Is You Ain't) My Baby' to Fats Waller's 'Aint-Cha Glad?' and Cab Calloway's 'Oh Grandpa'. ' 'Rose remains an impressive mainstream singer with lots of sexy, soulful swing and a splendid Helen Forrest vocal style, with a dash of Dinah Washington thrown in.' -Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, April 1993 Rose and Ginsberg penned half of the songs, and received a Bammie nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album from Bay Area Music Magazine. Whether teamed up as a piano trio and vocalist, or singing her bluesy renditions of jazz songs over a full horn section, this record is fun, well-written, and delicious. 'While Rose's mainstay is a bright jazz-influenced tone, she can smoke it on down for original tunes like 'Slippery' and 'Take Me Back'. She shows seeming effortlessness in plumbing the lyrics of great American songs, too, as in Sammy Cahn's classic 'The Tender Trap'. -Riff Magazine July 1994.