Steven Rossitto walks into a room and the room lights up, but it’s when he caresses a melody that the magic happens. There’s a maxim that all great singers sound like they’re telling the truth. Rossitto fits the bill. Now, with the release of his new self-titled EP, audiences will once again have a chance to be seduced by his unique vocal ability.
Almost four years on since he recorded ‘Night and Day’ (Rossitto’s debut album released through the ABC music label in 2012), Rossitto’s voice is darker, richer, more finessed and his emotional interpretation still well beyond his years. Since releasing his debut album Rossitto has garnered himself an ARIA nomination for best jazz album of the year, performed at the prestigious ‘Tokyo Jazz Festival,’ including the legendary ‘Cotton Club,’ and attained over half a million fans worldwide through the power of YouTube and social media.
There is a stark contrast when listening to Rossitto’s latest recording compared with ‘Night & Day.’ For one, there is no fifty-piece orchestra or Big Band, just a simple five-piece with a small string section on two of the tracks. “I have gone it alone on this recording. There is no big record company with an endless budget, just me,” Rossitto replies when asked about this. Rossitto has previously been signed to several recording companies, including EMI/Capitol Records and JVC in Japan when he was sixteen years old. He adds, “I would love a huge orchestra but I don’t think it matters much if you have one or not. At the end of the day, I am more interested in connecting with the listener. The benefit of a smaller band is that you can be much more intimate and really focus on connecting with the songs. That’s what I want to hear when I listen to a recording of any genre, great interpretation but above all, emotion!”
His reputation, for the moment, may well be forged on his interpretations from the Great American Songbook, which is exactly what features on the new collection of tracks. “There are five tracks on the EP, all jazz standards. I spent a lot of time picking these tracks and working with my musical director, Gianni Turcio, to create unique arrangements of them. I tried to pick songs that I could really stamp my name on and create my own versions of. I didn’t want to copy anyone; rather I wanted to demonstrate the immense influence so many of these legendary singers and musicians have had on me through their music.”
Rossitto has also solicited the help of some of Australia’s best musicians and internationally acclaimed sound engineer and mixer, Michael Stavrou, a man who has recorded the likes of Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett, to name a few. The quality of the recording speaks for itself. .Standouts on the collection includeStandouts on the collection include “Summerwind,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” and Cole Porter’s “It’s Alright with Me.”
Steven Rossitto's new E.P. will be availble on the 4th of March 2016 and will be followed by an evening concert in Melbourne at the Alex Theater St. Kilda. Tickets on Sale soon.
1. It's Alright With Me
2. How Deep is the Ocean
3. The Lady is a Tramp
5. The Best is Yet to Come