|The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer|
|Live album by|
|Released||March 25, 2008 |
|Recorded||Recorded Aug. 14-19, 2007 at the Blue Note, New York |
|Genre||Vocal jazz, R&B, blues|
|Label||Half Note Records|
|Producer||Jeffrey Levenson |
|Roseanna Vitro chronology|
|All About Jazz|||
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The Delirium Blues Project: Serve or Suffer is the first album released under the joint leadership of Roseanna Vitro and Kenny Werner. It was recorded live at the Blue Note in New York in August 2007, and released in 2008 on the Half Note label.
On a 1-to-5 scale, All About Jazz awarded the album 3 stars; AllMusic, 4 and a half. Writing for the former, Chris Slawecky notes Werner's "head-spinning arrangements," as well as strong soloing from trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Ray Anderson, saxophonist James Carter, guitarist Adam Rogers and Werner himself on multiple keyboards. AllMusic's Ken Dryden also cites "Werner's inspired charts," as well as "Vitro's expressive vocals":
Vitro's moving vocal in the moody "Blue" (first recorded by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross with Annie Ross singing lead), backed by the dramatic horns, is breathtaking; her blues-drenched take of Mose Allison's "Everybody's Crying Mercy" is pure fun. Bassist John Pattitucci provides Vitro's sole backing for the simmering take of "In the Dark" (in honor of Nina Simone). Folk-rocker Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool" helps to lighten the mood a bit, while Vitro conjures a number of soul singers with her hip take of "Cheater Man."