A VOICE OF HER OWN Sue Giles, Vocalist Black & White DVD review Release Date: February 14, 2011 Sue Giles has been making a strong impression in the New York/New Jersey area as a jazz singer. She discovered jazz when she was nine through the music of Ella Fitzgerald and has been dedicated to the music ever since. Her recordings are excellent but the recent DVD Black & White allows fans to experience her in performance as well as hear this up-and-coming talent. Accompanied by pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Justin Leigh, Ms. Giles is in top form throughout the seven selections. Stylishly shot (as one might guess from it's title) in black & white, the live performance was produced in studio and has a classic feel. Ms. Giles looks quite relaxed and comfortable and sings with an ease in a way most people casually chat with friends. The DVD begins with a mysterious riff and some finger snapping from the singer that forms the basis of a fresh version of 'My Funny Valentine." She displays a strong voice that is always in-tune and full of honest emotions, and an inventive bass solo by Fraticelli is heard between two powerful verses. Other highlights include the rarely performed standard "I Walk A Little Faster," a highly expressive version of "Willow Weep For Me" and the optimistic "Give Your Heart" which the singer co-wrote with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. Ms. Giles' heated scatting and blues approach on "Save Your Love For Me' is also memorable. Here, her rhythm section offers sympathetic yet stimulating support, giving her a perfect platform on which to create melodic variations and get her message across. What's most impressive here is the fact that Sue Giles does not sound like any of her historic predecessors or inspirations, very much displaying a voice of her own. I think she clearly has a great future in jazz and is already a powerful and highly appealing singer who deserves to be discovered. Black & White is an excellent representation of how she sounds today, and of the strong talent that she possesses which will certainly continue to grow in future years. Produced by Scott Miller - Microjazz (Exit 7A Studios), Trenton, New Jersey and Sue Giles - Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76.