Singer Gabrielle Stravelli captured our hearts for good the other night at The Drawing Room, with her combination of absolute accuracy and total abandon. She dove deep into the music, balancing tenderness and tough, exuberant swing. If she’s new to you, prepare to be uplifted; if you know Gabrielle’s work, this was an especially gratifying performance.
She was supported by three of the most subtle musicians I know. I’ve already written in praise of the eloquent, subtle, surprising Michael Kanan and Pat O’Leary — but drummer Michael Petrosino was an absolute revelation: a true sound-painter, his every stroke and accent strong yet delicate, creating colors and textures that amazed and delighted us all.
Here are eleven marvels — a thrilling evening at The Drawing Room (70 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York): thanks to Gabrielle, Michael, Pat, Michael, Stephanie, and a wonderfully attentive audience.
BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA:
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE:
SO WHAT / OH, BOY (a witty superimposition: Buddy Holly meets Miles Davis):
JOY SPRING (Clifford Brown, lyrics by Jon Hendricks):
SPRING IS HERE in duet with Pat, a true highlight:
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC:
I think Gabriell’s impromptu reading of BILL — in duet with Michael, who appropriately ventures into CAN’T HELP LOVIN’ THAT MAN — is a masterpiece of feeling:
DEVIL MAY CARE:
WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN
Gabrielle Stravelli embodies intimacy, playfulness, joy in her music. When she sings, it is a brave “thinking with your heart,” coming through her songs.
May your happiness increase.