Take 2: Rendezvous With Yesterdays might rely on songs of the past, but it showcases a bright talent of tomorrow, in the form of vocalist Adia Ledbetter.
Adia Ledbetter’s new CD ”Rendezvous With Yesterday” could easily be renamed ”Rendezvous With Today” in that her whole focus is geared to the wonderful vocal world of modern mainstream jazz. Everything is contained within Adia’s fine CD project: Emotion, musical energy, interacting melodic-harmonic phrasing, etc. which gives the disc an enormously vital rhythmic pulse and delivery. The combined expressive quality of her voice as well as the panoply of interplay supplied by her gifted sidemen, moves her music smoothly with a kind of assertive joy as it were such that we her attentive listeners are edified by her artistry. Last, Adia has given us several musical ‘themes’ to contemplate quite admirably within her new project to help us experience the wondrous ethos of strong vocal/instrumental jazz.
George W. Carroll
ADIA LEDBETTER/Take 2-Rendevous With Yesterday: Swinging, hip chick that takes jazz vocal to church with some civil rights jazz accents running as an under current. Soulful and loaded with personality, she’s young enough that she can only visit the supper clubs of the past in her mind, but she certainly would have lit up the night in those boites. Nicely riding a retro/neuvo tip, Ledbetter is on the right track and has a load of solid entertainment for jazz vocal fans that like it with some zest and swing.
Take 2: Rendesvous With Yesterdays
By George W. Harris
Vocalist/writer Adia Ledbetter comes out strong on this debut disc. With a backup team including Freeman Ledbetter/b, Orlandus Perry/dr, Ed Paolantonio/p and Justin C. Martin/g, she adds an extra texture to songs like “You and The Night And The Music” and “Can’t Help Lovin’.” by throwing in a few lyrical and musical changes of her own. Her voice is full of enthusiasm and energy, but doesn’t let it get out of hand. Her take of “Beautiful” glides like a skateboarder, while “Darn That Dream” slides as easily as Ricky Henderson into second. Her own title track is a clever ode to her upbringing, while “These Foolish Things” includes some personal added dedications. Heart on sleeve honesty here.
Review by George Harris
Adia Ledbetter has a voice full of personality and expression that surprises. A young voice but she has something of substance to say that belies her tender years. She is soulful, and as in her title tune “Rendezvous with Yesterdays”, deeply personal yet she is willing to share her thanks with those who inspired her.
Deborah Brown- Jazz Vocalist
You can hear the history of the music wrapped in the joy of singing. Adia’s sounds says, “I know where I come from….and I love it”
Brandon McCune- Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger, and Educator
“Adia Ledbetter is a breath of fresh air! She is soulful without compromising the swing, yet creative while respecting the jazz vocal tradition. By refusing to copy anyone, Adia Ledbetter has done her homework, and she has etched out her very own sound. Listen well!!”
Lenora Zenzalai Helm- Jazz Vocal Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Educator