Reviews for Live at the Jazz Workshop
"Finally, I must say something about Kitty Margolis, the Bay
Area singer who has just debuted on the obscure Mad-Kat Records.
Live at the Jazz Workshop is a marvelous, ear opening live recording
that introduces not just a fine young vocalist but an important
new jazz voice. These eight standards let Margolis bare her imposing
arsenal of musical weapons: steely attack, fiery warmth, exuberant
pace, legato transitions, razor-sharp pitch, timbral variety, high-voltage
scat, and, best of all, the ability o sing a through line, not just
fancy riffs. Sheila Jordan summed up her response this way: "After
hearing Kitty's wonderful work, I'm sure that the future of jazz
singing Is safe and sound!"
Jack Fuller, The Chicago Tribune
"Unless you have happened to come across her in San Francisco,
chances are you have not heard of jazz- singer Kitty Margolis. Do
yourself a favor. Take the time and trouble to order this album
and discover a hot, energetic new voice. She is the real thing in
jazz: stylish, swinging, in love with the risk of improvisation.
You can hear a lot of influences in her work from Sarah Vaughan
to Al Jarreau. But the-result is so genuinely individual that once
you hear it you know you will recognize it if you are lucky enough
to hear it again. At the moment about the only way to do that is
to write Mad Kat-Records at Box 330425, San Francisco, Cal. 94133.
But if any of the major record companies have sense, they will sign
her up immediately and make the next album a smash in all the stores."
Bart Grooms, Option Magazine
"On her debut album, Bay Area native Margolis proves that she
is an accomplished, full-blown jazz singer. Not only does she have
a strong sense of swing and phrasing, but she attacks the material
with an improvisatory gusto. She can also scat up a storm, as befits
someone who was the only singer in saxophonist Hal Stein's improv
class at S.F. State. Few singers can make this approach work; Betty
Carter has probably taken it further than anyone, and Margolis sounds
as though she's digested the idiosyncratic Carter (and Sarah Vaughn-
as well). Backed by a fine rhythm section . Margolis soars through
standards like "I Concentrate On You," Miles Davis' "AII
Blues," and "All The Things You Are" (with the Dizzy
Gillespie intro). Fine stuff by a lady who's more than ready to
K. Zimmerman, The Gavin Report
"Since its release last year, not a week goes by when the sultry
tones of Kitty Margolis pop up on somebody's Jazz playlist. Her
vocal improv is punchy and bluesy; her song arrangements stretch
out a bit more than Eastman's do. Margolis employs a confident,
gliding intonation where the notes tumble over each other in a technique
a bit reminiscent of, believe it or not, Leon Thomas' African inflections.
Jazz ravers like the way Margolis flaunts timbre and volume intensity.
Check out her cocky versions of "All The Things You Are"
and "All Blues."