CD Review – SoVoSó : World Jazz A Cappella
Every track of this superbly produced debut CD is a majestic group achievement punctuated by striking individual highlights, from the opening live improvisation through covers of Sly Stone’s “Thank You” and Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” an innovative “Dirt” suite co-composed by McFerrin, and a rousing “Down by the Riverside,” to the closing, gorgeously soaring Rhiannon feature, “Say a Prayer.”
Derk Richardson San Francisco Bay GuardianInnovatively arranged … SoVoSó really shines on its own work, including the six-part suite “Dirt” which weaves together sounds of South America and South Africa.
James Sullivan San Francisco Chronicle
A first CD release belies the fact that the six members of SoVoSó have sung together for 10 years. They have created a beautiful, original aural feast for the vocal gourmet.
Welles Goodrich KUSP Radio, Santa Cruz, California
Their spectacular voices takes listeners deep into fresh vocal territory.
William Friar The Oakland Tribune
The voices-only SoVoSó is a major innovative force in vocal music. The culturally diverse group has honed its distinctly uplifting sound, one that draws not only from vocal heritage, but also the singers’ own styles, on such original songs as “Say a Prayer” and more traditional vocal showcases including “Down By The Riverside” and “People Get Ready.”
Larry Kelp KPFA Radio, Berkeley, California
CD Review – SoVoSó : Truth And Other Stories
Truth and Other Stories soars…SoVoSó takes you on an amazing musical journey.
Artbeat (aired on National Public Radio)Truth and Other Stories boasts brilliant original compositions and a stunning version of Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue,” representing the breadth and depth of this inspired and inspirational ensemble. San Francisco Bay Guardian
The impossibility of six lead singers in one group has been achieved, with glorious results.
KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, California
Live Reviews: Concert presenters’ comments:
Tim Jackson, Monterey Jazz Festival: “SoVoSó is a great act…very colorful and alive.”
Greg Phillips,Marin JCC Centerstage, San Rafael, CA: “We were thrilled to host SoVoSó…they drew a full house and their performance was mesmerizing, riveting and exhilarating…I’d have SoVoSó back in a heartbeat.”
Jan Takeshita, Yoshi’s jazz club, Oakland, CA: “SoVoSó is visually and soulfully stimulating…when my staff starts raving, that’s when you know they’re really good.”
Live Reviews: Journalists’ comments:
“One of the most soulful harmonizing ensembles imaginable.” San Francisco Bay Guardian”SoVoSó has a way of leaving listeners awestruck by its vocal agility and musical smarts.”Oakland Tribune
“One of the most inventive, exciting vocal groups in the country.” Marin Independent Journal
Live Reviews: Concert critic’s review:
Santa Cruz A Cappellafest
March 6, 1999
by Welles B. GoodrichThe piece de resistance of the whole day was a performance by endless-award-winners SoVoSó. My only response seemed to be babbling like a litany, they really are that good, they really are that good. They were fun. They were inspirational. They rocked. If you missed it, catch them soon, somewhere. We had heard about their new singer, Destani Wolf, but to actually hear her sing made hearing about her a pale shadow of the reality. So, as the day wound down to exhausted completion, my only coherent thought was that any a cappella fan should see SoVoSó…
Live Reviews: Workshop presenters’ comments:
Ken Franklin, Modoc County, CA Arts Council: “Your seemingly endless repertoire and diversity of program content made each assembly appropriate, and exciting for the different age groups. It was an honor and pleasure to work with such talented artists. We would like to have you back in the spring of next year.”
Yvonne Kuhlman, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa: “SoVoSó’s vocal workshop left our students on cloud nine…they experienced the possibilities of what vocal jazz can be and how far you can take it……even instrumentalists were enriched and inspired by SoVoSó’s creative, unique presentation.”
Marsha Carlisle, Texas Choral Directors’ Association: “We haven’t had such rave reviews since the King Singers were here six years ago…I am very impressed with their high degree of professionalism…their easy manner and willingness to demonstrate their astounding vocal talents proves to me that their message does truly come ‘from the Soul to the Voice to the Song.’ They are truly world class!”
Susan Stone, Tri-C Jazz Fest, Cleveland, OH: “The educational value and experience for our school ensembles was unmatched. The SoVoSó artists were knowledgeable and patient. Students have a new respect for their voices and the ways they are able to express music and ideas through the voice.”