One of the joys of reviewing music is the opportunity to find artists and music which would never have otherwise blipped your radar screen. It remains a longstanding truism that some of our finest artists and not well known in the general population. Such is the case with Elise Witt.
Swiss-born, Elise Witt makes her home in Atlanta. She speaks five languages fluently and sings more than twice that many. She has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to South Africa. Her music is as eclectic as her background, Love Being Here being her ninth album.
Many of her songs are sung in languages other English, reflecting their origin or inspiration. This is presented simply, even matter-of factly. In her liner notes, all lyrics are presented with English translations for most of the non-English songs. These are mostly unnecessary thanks to Elise’s ability to communicate music in a manner that transcends language.
The title comes from the opening song, a Peggy Lee classic. Elise does the song justice, giving it a swinging, jazzy piano-based take which would give even Peggy tapping her toe and snapping her fingers.
Record shop owners would have a hard time figuring out where to place this CD. It is jazzy, but rootsy. It is classic, yet contemporary. It is international, but deeply personal. It would be best to create a new category: “Damn Fine Music.”
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