Joanne Grauer - EP (NBCD007)

by Joanne Grauer

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kaleidoscopeman This was a nice surprise to see up on Bandcamp... I've got the album, so I may as well have this nice download version, too... 'Frog Child' is still one of the coolest '70s Fender Rhodes instrumentals ever ! Favorite track: Frog Child.
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Following the success of the big hit album “Buttercup Bugle”, Tracy releases her new album which features classic cover songs of Suzanne Vega, King Crimson, Gordon Lightfoot etc.

90年第初期にアシッド・ジャズ・ムーヴメントの火付け役となった伝説のコンピレーション『TALKIN' JAZZ』にも収録された「SEE YOU LATER」がジャズDJ達のクラブクラシックとして広く知られる幻の美人ピアニスト、ジョアン・グラウアーが自己のスキルアップとセルフプロモーションのために極少量のみプレスし流通させた自主制作盤世界初CD化。グルーヴィーで歪んだ鳴りのエレピが演奏をぐいぐい引っ張る痛快ジャズファンクM2「INSIDE OUTSIDE」、ホレス・シルバーやハンプトン・ホーズからの影響がうかがえる大胆な演奏と重厚なグルーブがインパクト絶大なM4「FROG CHILD」、ジョアンの貴重な歌声が聴くことが出来るM1、M3、M5などDJ/ジャズファンの想像力を刺激する隠れ名盤。今回、本盤のためだけにレコーディングされた新録1曲をボーナストラックとして独占収録。

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It’s her singing that always draws attention, and partly for the things that it doesn’t have. No vibrato, no trendy affectations, no unnecessary melodic ornamentation. Just a pure and uniquely beautiful voice.
It started happening in the late 90’s at the Free Times Café – an important singer/songwriter incubator for Toronto’s resilient acoustic scene. With a natural flair for performing, she honed her skills by hosting the weekly open mic night and cultivated an early fan base of peers in the local music community.
The first Lori Cullen CD came out at the start of a new century. Garden Path reflected a young sensibility informed by her heroes Joni Mitchell and Jane Siberry. Two years later she shifted gears to jazz standards for the well received So Much. Her third release Uneven Hill focused on original writing and dramatically broadened the scope of her sonic world. Calling For Rain in 2006 brought together all the previous elements to create a hybrid of jazz and pop which became her lasting artistic identity. Largely a collection of carefully curated covers, it was nominated for a Best Vocal Jazz Juno. One of her original tunes on the album won the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals.
The late Chris Dedrick, revered leader of 60’s chamber pop faves The Free Design, heard Lori on the radio and came to her next gig with an open invite to collaborate. His signature ornate brass and vocal arrangements adorn Buttercup Bugle. It’s release in 2007 was celebrated with a live show featuring a 12 piece band and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. This album also initiated a licensing deal with a label in Japan. Around this time Polaris Prize winner and Arcade Fire member Owen Pallet asked Lori to contribute her distinctive vocals to the second Final Fantasy album.
2011’s That Certain Chartreuse presented an eclectic selection of covers by artists as diverse as Gordon Lightfoot and King Crimson, all creatively arranged by herself and her band of stellar Toronto musicians. The music prompted jazz vocal giant Kurt Elling to acknowledge in an interview that Cullen was one of his favourite new singers. Shortly after the album was released she put her career on hold and in 2013 Lori and composer/visual artist Kurt Swinghammer became proud parents.
Ron Sexsmith, who has been a huge fan of Lori’s for years, suggested to Kurt Swinghammer that they co-write an album of material specifically for Lori to sing. Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs is the result of a very inspired collaboration, and sure to draw attention, as always, to her voice.

米国の作曲家兼ピアニストで、70年代前半より活動。Lorraine Feather, Art Johnsonとの共作も残している。

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released November 1, 2008

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