Review: Gina Sicilia – Allow Me To Confess
Posted on: Thursday, Sep 13, 2007
“Allow Me To Confess”
Swingnation Records – SNCD388007
From the same label as the excellent Dave Gross, comes this first release from Philadelphia native, the sultry 22 years old Gina Sicilia – who first sang aged three, and surrounded by a music-loving family was drawn to doo-wop and the music of the 50’s and 60’s, with Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland a major influence on her musical style.
Her first release, “Allow Me To Confess” is a mix of soul and blues, with a jazz touch here and there – produced by aforementioned Dave Gross, who adds his stylish guitar to the whole album along with a fine band, including the great harmonica player, Dennis Gruenling.
The eleven cuts include only three covers – the standout of which is a lovely version of “Pushover”, an Etta James tune perfectly suited to her voice, with the tight horn section standing out. The stunning ballad “Try Me” is another highlight, with an aching vocal.
The eight remaining songs are all penned by Sicilia herself – ranging from the full-on blues of “I Ain’t Crazy” to the lovely chromatic harp of Dennis Gruenling on “One Of Many” and the smoky jazz feel “Set My Heart On Fire”, with top-notch muted trumpet from Matt Stewart.
“That Much Better” changes the pace completely – an old-fashioned country tune, complete with fiddle from Mazz Swift, with the album wrapped up with the sparse gospel feel of “When My Ship Comes In”, complete with another great vocal.
All-in-all a very promising debut from a talented young lady – let’s hope she makes it over to these shores in the not-too-distant future.