The Birth of Sprawl
Rita di Ghent
Nominated for the Montreal Jazz Festival's "Prix de Jazz".
"Di Ghent’s most engaging idea is the sound she calls ‘Sprawl,’ in which she starts with a standard, like ‘He’s Funny That Way,’ and departs from it in an original passage that’s somewhere between rap and poetry recitation...These variations make vintage songs seem contemporary without sounding like she’s stooping to conquer. Now that’s a new idea." (New York Sun)