“Some of the most powerfully emotional, soulful singing and jazzy phrasing and arrangements are coming from indie artists like Rita Edmond. Choosing her songs carefully, tapping into the sorrow and joys of life, she fashions with these sketches a career-defining work that is truly the culmination of a life deeply felt and well lived. The good news is, now that she's achieving her dream, her recording career is just getting started.
All Music Guide
“As I listened to Rita Edmond sing on her album A
Glance At Destiny, you feel the warmth and strength of the lyrics in her voice, never going too overboard. Her voice is controlled and that’s how the album is, everything is methodical, done with tender loving care. What you hear is someone with talent and grace, who understands the songs and the important interaction between singer and musicians, and how to convey that into a proper sounding recording. If this is only a mere Glance, I’m ready to join her on her life’s mission.
This is Book's Music
“Rita Edmond's recording it's definitely one worth adding to your jazz vocalist collection. The lovely singer has a four-octave range and a voice that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your perspective of a "true" jazz vocalist. The CD is the culmination of her experiences and it shows. You can hear the exemplary intonation, pharsing, and resonance that comes from years of training and honing your craft. Overall, the entire recording showcases the excellence of Edmond in a way you're sure to remember.”
— Sounds of Timeless Jazz.com
“On “Gentle Rain” Edmond allows us to hear just how smoothly yet clearly she sustains notes. Velvet doesn’t begin to describe the resultant harmonious tones. The beauty of the purity of her voice comes through, in the most highly delicate and delicious way. The standout track, however, is “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Llew Matthews’ piano is hip, sparse, and lightly dancing throughout. In conjunction with Edward Livingston’s bass lines and Tootie Heath’s drums, which are swing personified, Edmond rocks out in so personal a manner you almost blush. For those who aren’t jaded from listening to standards being done ad-nausea by other artists, Edmond will come as the most refreshing breeze nature can conjure.
“While the players are provided with a good portion of solos space throughout, this is still Edmond's album, and her commanding approach to the lyrics leaves no doubt who is in charge.
A Glance at Destiny provides a highly enjoyable musical experience.”
“ The sweet sounds of modern jazz are abundant in "A Glance At Destiny" by Rita Edmond. Her voice is without many peers, and her sound will take you back to the days of Ella and Miles.
"A Glance Of Destiny" is a virtual tour de force for Edmond, showcasing some original songs and including some covers of classic.
"S' Wonderful" by Gershwin is simply superb. She takes the standard and zips it up for a modern audience while paying homage to a classic track. One of the best cover songs I've heard in a while, it's an easy fit on any better iPod collection.
CASHBOX MAGAZINE REVIEW
“It’s not often that a vocal album suggests the near-certitude of future greatness, but Rita Edmond, is of that rare ilk. Backed by a four octave range. Rita recalls two of the all-time greats, reflecting the vocal power and majesty of Sarah Vaughan, the impeccable timing and phrasing of Carmen McRae, and the intense, natural musicality of both.”