Left Coast Life
Nathaniel Friedman, Jazziz
"The fourth release by this Bay Area chanteuse makes you feel
good about jazz singing again. Her liquid voice and limber phrasing
are bewitching form start to finish, leading the listener through
and astounding array of standards, offbeat covers and originals.
Throughout, Margolis never once sounds dated or blandly impressionistic-liabilities
to which her peers often succumb."
Ezra Gale, Amazon.com
"While vocalist Kitty Margolis is often compared to jazz greats
like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald, a more apt and contemporary
comparison would be to Cassandra Wilson. Not that the two singers
have much in common stylistically--Margolis's vocal delivery is
much more energetic than the sultry and laid-back Wilson--but the
two share in common a willingness to broaden their palette beyond
the traditional reaches of the jazz singer. Such willingness to
follow her own muse is what makes Left Coast Life, such an enjoyable
and refreshing jazz vocal album."
Carlo Wolff, The Cleveland
"Margolis' stylings evoke Betty Carter one moment and Marilyn
Monroe the next...sexy, sparkling, luminous and enthralling. She
sings with joy and spunk. Not only does Margolis write cool tunes
- her funky 'You Just Might Get It' marries the Beatnik soulfulness
of Mose Allison with the glittering disdain of Carly Simon's 'You're
So Vain'- she has superb taste in music and musicians. Her topics
are pretentiousness, authenticity and intimacy and she's always
credible. (Left Coast Life is) album that always generates
heat but never loses its cool."
Dave Nathan, All About Jazz.com
"If the major purposes - - or at least some of them - - of
a jazz singer are to inject a fresh breath into standards and to
make sense of newer material, then San Francisco singer Kitty Margolis
sits at the top of the class for achieving these noble goals. The
West Coast vocalist is well known for her insightful interpretations
of standard and pop material, a reputation she solidly established
with her previous three releases forher Mad-Kat label. This latest
entry does nothing to diminish her perfect track record nor her
reputation. Left Coast Life is a major jazz vocal release and is
thoroughly recommended "
Lee Prosser, Jazz Review.com
"Her voice is one of a kind, very seductive, very much in sync
with the emotions of the lyric and its music, and a voice that vibrates
with shared emotional responses. ...a perfect blend of jazz vocals
and jazz music. Kitty Margolis is at her finest in this collection,
and each song is memorable. Excellent."
Sheldon T. Nunn , Jazz Review.com
"A savvy and often times provocative songstress, this lady
can truly blow a standard of vocalese that is unprecedented nowadays.
Kitty does not often follow the rules set by tradition, she enjoys
experimentation and innovation. She loves to sing from the inside
out, as she uses her voice to provide a seemingly endless perspective
on a wide range of musical influences.This latest effort brings
the essence of modern jazz and popular originals to the forefront,
illustrating her versatility; not only as a singer, but as an arranger
as well. Listen for the track "It's You" with guitarist
Joyce Cooling. On that cut, Kitty lets loose with a provocative
Brazilian-influenced original that allows her to test her musical
metal. On the flip-side, she includes Pink Floyd's "Money"
as a strong indication of just how versatile she can be as a jazz-activated
interpreter of other musical styles. 'Left Coast Life' is an outstanding
display of musical delights. ."
Ed Trefgzer, Jazz Week.com
"With so many so-called jazz vocal recordings released every
year, it is refreshing to hear one in which the vocalist is a bona
fide jazz singer with a true mastery of her instrument. "Left
Coast Life" is just such an album. Where Kitty really shines
is on her original material and on recordings of songs not usually
part of the standard repertoire. Her “You Just Might Get It”
is an insistent tune that skewers today's “poseurs,”
and is the CDís best track. Margolis, who wrote or contributed
to most of the arrangements on Left Coast Life, also gives Pink
Floyd's “Money” a trippy jazz spin, and brings a klezmer
touch to Randy Newmanís “Lonely at the Top.”
Margolis has been compared to such luminaries as Betty Carter and
Sarah Vaughan. Left Coast Life is delightful evidence that Kitty
is deserving of that praise."