Tuesday, January 13, 2009

CDs I Look Forward to This January

So early in the year and so much music to look forward to. A quick look at some soon-to-be-released albums has made my mouth water. Maybe yours would too if we shared the same taste in music. Find out for yourself in this list of 5 CDs from 5 different women, all albums due in record bars (at least in the U.S.) this month.

SKYLARK
RENEE OLSTEAD
Finally, four years after her debut album (when she was 14), Olstead releases SKYLARK with producer David Foster. The project promises to showcase once again, the young artist's mature interpretation and velvety vocals in this 13-track CD of jazz standards, modern classics, and 4 originals which she co-wrote. Oh, and has anyone caught her twist on Chaka Khan's THROUGH THE FIRE in a live concert with Foster? Too bad though that it's not in the CD.

JANE MONHEIT
THE LOVERS, THE DREAMERS, AND ME
Quite obviously, the CD includes a recording of RAINBOW CONNECTION. But more so, it contains tracks written by Paul Simon, Fiona Apple, and my favorites Ivan Lins and Corinne Bailey Rae.  Good pal and fellow jazz-enthusiast Jimmy Buencamino introduced me to this Grammy-nominated chanteuse, and I've been following her ever since. Expect a serving of sultry jazz, passionate yet mellow, quiet yet stirring.

ELIANE ELIAS
BOSSA NOVA STORIES
Just as the 50th anniversary of Bossa Nova ended in 2008 (the genre came to life in 1958), Elias releases her BOSSA NOVA STORIES showcasing not only her dexterity on the keys (she was a child prodigy in the 60s) but so too her soothing vocal style. Born in Sao Paolo, Elias has earned a huge global following with her brand of music--a fusion of traditional Brazilian harmonies and rhythms, with modern jazz technique. The album combines Brazilian classics and American standards set to the true Bossa beat.

ERIN McCARLEY
LOVE, SAVE THE EMPTY
Let's go pop this time. Her music has been described as a mix of the Beatles, Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse, while she credits Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin and Greg Laswell as among her major influences. Erin McCarley is a new kid on the block releasing her debut album which she calls a document of her search for authenticity in herself and in others. Intrigued? Watch out for this artist and listen to samples here: http://erinmccarley.com/albumpreview/

ROKIA TRAORE
TCHAMANTCHE
Ok, here's one that's totally from left field. For those who experiment occasionally with world music, you might want to sample Traore's latest project. Born in Mali and raised in Europe, Traore was exposed to a spectrum of music including classical, jazz and pop, yet she has never abandoned her African roots. As such, her songs employ traditional instruments like the balafon, n'goni and kora; however, her singing is unlike the wailing style common amongst her tribe. Her voice is smooth and gentle resulting in an overall impact that reflects both tradition and innovation.


1 comment:

Ginny said...

fantastic! paburn. hahaha.