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You Don't Know Me

by Sofia Laiti

Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm A Fool To Want You
4:56 album only
2. Desafinado
5:14 album only
3. The Way We Were
5:50 album only
4. You Don't Know Me
4:56 album only
5. Besame Mucho
6:49 album only
6. Solitude
5:49 album only
7. Ranskalaiset Korot
3:10 album only
8. La Vie En Rose
3:09 album only
9. If You Go Away
3:21 album only
10. I'm In The Mood For Love
4:05 album only
11. I'll Never Smile Again
4:21 album only
12. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
4:15 album only


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Sylvi Koso

You Don't Know Me
My husband likes jazz so when I heard this album I thought I'd give it to him for Christmas. But I wasn't sure so I had our 25 year old daughter listen to it also. She liked it so much that she wanted her own CD! And my husband loves this CD as much as I do. Sofia Laiti's voice is so full of feeling that you can't help but experience the emotion yourself.

In case you are wondering about the Finnish song Ranskalaiset Korot:
The words mean "French Heels" and the song is about a boy who often hears the sound of a girl's steps outside his window and is intrigued. Each time he rushes to the window but she is always gone before he gets a glimpse of her. But the song has a happy ending: Once, near a park, he hears the sound of those French heels and recognizes the girl by the sound of her steps. At the end of the song they are walking together and he is whistling the tune for her.

Jazz Improv Magazine New York Jazz Guide

Sometimes, all you have to do is take a look at the personnel and you know that the music has to be right. That’s the case on vocalist Sofia Laiti’s latest release, You Don’t Know Me. Larry Ham is a master accompanist, and together with bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and drummer Ector, the foundation is set for Laiti to feel comfortable. Indeed comfortable she is. From the opening lyrics to the closing of the last of the twelve tracks, “What A Little Moonlight Can Do,” the feeling I experience is that Laiti is singing from the deepest place inside, fully sharing her emotions.

The set opens with a sensuous rendition of the ballad Frank Sinatra wrote and made famous performing “I’m A Fool To Want You.” Laiti squeezes this one for all the juice she can get out it. Houston Person gently fills in the spaces she leaves, and solos delicately, as we get to savor a certain simplicity expressed in his magnificent tone. It’s difficult to create anything but a quality recording with a supporting cast led by the prolific Houston Person.

Laiti hails from Finland, and her vocal style bears the inflections and accents of her native tongue. At first, I found this to draw my attention away from the music and performance itself. Once I felt how sensitively, and sensually she feels and expresses this set of standards, I was drawn in to this labyrinth of passion that her music is about.

In the sense that Laiti, creates intensity at slow tempos, on ballads and down tempo bossa novas, she has the energy and expressiveness of Shirley Horn. Just about the fastest tempo on this album is nothing if not relaxed, and that’s on Jobim’s classic Bossa “Desafinado” and another even slower Bossa on “I’m In The Mood Of Love” – which is a memorable performance. Among the other standout ballads are “You Don’t Know Me,” and Ellington’s “Solitude.” One thing that stood out for me, was the way that Laiti might enter a phrase with a note that is apparently off pitch, and how she bends to center it. Is it intentional? I enjoy her most when she explores the lower registers of her potential. Her voice is raspy, smoky and deep there. With these relaxed tempos and Houston Person’s lush sound and expressive ideas, this is definitely after midnight listen.

By Winthrop Bedford

Le Grand Jazz JazzNews

To a very large extent, "You Don't Know Me" (Midnight Sun
Record) is an apt title for Sofia Laiti's fourth record. Sofia was raised in Finland, but settled in New York in the early nineties. Her vocal approach is fiercely original, both rooted in, and departing from, the tradition. In an aesthetic approach recalling both Billie Holiday and Betty Carter's, Sofia Laiti finds some new ways of bending the notes in crucialparts of standard. Plus, her voice, at times recalling a jazz version of Bjork, makes for an interesting combination of sophistication and "primitiveness". The inclusion of two songs from the Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf repertoire is perfectly
suited to her approach.
By Philippe Baron - Le Grand Jazz JazzNews


Review: Originally from Finland, this singer knows her jazz and does some fine vocals in the nice collection, YOU DON'T KNOW ME. Sofia Laiti has a sultry, sensual voice that has a fine, solid range, and her phrasing is perfect for the songs she performs.
There are twelve songs in the collection. Among them are such songs as "Desafinado," "The Way We Were," "Ranskalaiset Korot," "I'm In the Mood For Love," and "You Don't Know Me."

Topnotch performances backed by the many stylistic piano talents of pianist Larry Ham and other musicians, this CD will bring the listening audience many hours of enjoyment. A nice entertainment!

Reviewed by: Lee Prosser


Karl Stober

The seductive Finnish vocals are almost Dietrich-esk as Sofia Laiti introduces you to her distinct interpretation of jazz vocals with "You Don't Know Me" released by Midnight Sun Music Production. Embracing such classic hits as I'm In The Mood For Love, The Way We Were, and I'll Never Smile Again, Ms. Laiti brings her own unique style and tempo to these ageless songs. Make no mistake about Ms. Laiti; even with the language barrier she ignites the feelings that were meant to be felt when these songs first hit the charts.

Side by side with Ms. Laiti are tenor saxophonist Houston Person, pianist Larry Ham, bassist Leon Dorsey, and drummer Vince Ector, all who bring a fresh and crisp sound to the project.

One will notice right out of the box the deep bodacious tones coming from within Ms. Laiti's small frame. This is a fresh, deeply sensual at times, new sound that takes jazz in a new direction. One can experience that sound when listening to I'm In The Mood For Love and the Piaf standard, La Vie En Rose. Both percolate with seduction and that café type romance Hollywood made so famous.

Ms. Laiti more than any cut on this project, scripts vocally her signature out on title song "You Don't Know Me". The sax in this composition is very prominent and makes this effort stand out. The backdrop of ivories assists in delivering the romantic message.

To listen is to know Ms. Laiti. Then maybe you will "Know Her".

Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at jazztrenzz@bellsouth.net.