|Lorraine Feather — Tales Of The Unusual (2012)|
Lorraine Feather — Tales Of The Unusual
Born: September 10, 1948
Location: Manhattan ~ Los Angeles ~ San Francisco Bay Area ~ San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington State
Album release: February 14, 2012
Record Label: Jazzed Media
• 01.) The Hole in the Map (Ferrante / Feather)
• 02.) Off–the–Grid Girl (Arkin / Feather)
• 03.) Where is Everybody? (Arkin / Feather)
• 04.) The Usual Suspects (Ferrante / Feather)
• 05.) Five (Morales / Feather)
• 06.) Sweet Miriam (Arkin / Feather)
• 07.) Out There (Berg / Feather)
• 08.) Get a Room (Berg / Feather)
• 09.) Cowbirds (Ferrante / Feather / Griey / Pletner)
• 10.) I Took your Hand (Fellini's Waltz) (Pieranunzi / Feather)
• 11.) Indiana Lana (Elllington / Feather)
• 12.) To Live Another Day (Arkin / Feather)
• 13.) Ahh (Rota / Feather)
• Lorraine Feather: vocals, lyricist
• Russell Ferrante: piano (1-6, 9, 12, 13), arranger (1, 4, 5, 9, 13)
• Shelley Berg: piano and arrangements (7, 8, 10, 11)
• Michael Valerio: bass (1—10, 12)
• Grant Geissman: guitar (1—6, 12)
• Mike Miller: guitar (7, 8)
• Michael Shapiro: drums (1—5, 12), percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 12)
• Gregg Field: drums (6, 7, 8, 10)
• Charles Bisharat: violin (1—3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12)
• Lorraine Feather: background vocals (1, 5, 7, 13)
• Carlos Del Rosario: background vocals (13)
• Eddie Arkin: arranger (2, 3, 6, 12)
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• Energetic, enchanting and exceptional. — DownBeat
• "A surreal and even gothic experience … it is quite beautiful and it remains long in the mind."
- Russell Davies, BBC
• "Deep, dark and different … pulled from her seemingly boundless vault of talent."
- Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz
• "A delightfully eccentric, oddly quirky, incredibly accessible journey deep inside the human personality."
- Brent Black, Critical Jazz
• "Lorraine Feather is much more than a mere jazz singer ... also one of the most exceptional lyric-writers of our day, a sort of hipper, post–modern Lorenz Hart."
- Lynn Bayley, Fanfare
• "Singer, songwriter, and genius collaborationist Lorraine Feather … takes the song into a new stratosphere, and jazz singing into a new place."
— Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Café (WBAI, NY)
• "The music she has produced echoes in my ears all day, snatches of melody or swatches of lyrics get repeated with glee and, possibly, madness … a true beauty!"
- Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest
• "Flawless and classically creative."
- Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
• "Simply a mind blower."
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
• Her husband is Tony Morales, formerly a drummer for artists such as The Rippingtons, David Benoit and Rickie Lee Jones.
• Celebrated lyricist, jazz vocalist, and 2011 Grammy nominee Lorraine Feather takes the listener on a most unusual journey stops along the way including the depths of the Amazon, an off–the–grid island in Washington State, the circus as envisioned by Fellini, and The Twilight Zone.
• Follows on the heels of Ages, a 2011 Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Like that record, this new release features originals as well as music by Duke Ellington, Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, and film composer Nino Rota (for whose Juliet of the Spirits theme Rosa Aurata
Feather created lyrics).
• Lorraine Feather is easily one of the most creative lyricists of her generation and since earning a Grammy nomination for her 2010 CD Ages, the vocalist has gained greater attention from writers who had previously overlooked her contributions. Every one of her CDs is a treat, full of surprising, often humorous song topics and devoid of predictable Moon/June assembly line lyrics, while Feather’s skills as an actress and her infectious, versatile voice add to her appeal. Tales of the Unusual is no exception, with stories that at times test one’s imagination and occasionally flirt with a creepy air. Most of the musicians appearing on Tales of the Unusual have worked with Feather on her earlier recordings, with Russell Ferrante and Shelly Berg alternating on piano.
• “Indiana Lana” is her vocal setting of Duke Ellington’s “Jubilee Stomp,” first recorded for her CD Dooji Wooji. This new version is a duet, with Feather’s lively vocal romp about the speedy female runner accompanied by Berg, who shows off his masterful stride chops. The mysterious “Out There” keeps revealing hidden facets as Feather’s lyric unfolds, as does Berg’s captivating tune. Her haunting “I Took Your Hand” (which adds a lyric to Italian jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi’s “Fellini’s Waltz”) is a magical ballad with a shimmering backdrop featuring violinist Charles Bisharat’s elegant playing. Ferrante begins “The Hole in the Map” with an eerie flavor, though it quickly takes a comic turn as Feather shares her tale of exploring the Amazon. “Get a Room” is a hilarious swinger that would be a choice song for a romantic comedy. Her tale describes two lovers so taken with one another that everyone they encounter makes the obvious suggestion, while the solos by Berg, guitarist Mike Miller, and Bisharat add to its playfulness. Only Feather can pen a song about a street person writing a love letter on the sidewalk in chalk, as she does in “Sweet Miriam,” while Eddie Arkin’s music is the perfect blend of jaunty nostalgia from the 1920s with Michael Valerio’s delicious arco bass underneath her mesmerizing vocal. Tales of the Unusual demonstrates that Lorraine Feather is not content to settle into a comfort zone; instead, she continues to grow as a lyricist and singer as she tackles new musical challenges with her collaborators.
• A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
• by Mark S. Tucker
• Well, as noted when looking over her last foray, Ages (here), Ms. Lorraine issues from sire Leonard Feather, a gent still recognized as probably THE jazz critic, and that alone is sufficient to perk up one's intellectual curiosity and radar dish ears. The moody cover photo, highly reminiscent of Jerry Uelsmann, gives the first indication of what the listener is in store for. It depicts an ebony garbed Feather sitting on a large mushroom, looking Alice in Wonderlandish while churchy, funereal, and curious all at once. What, the onlooker puzzles, does this ominous Victorian snap portend?
• Well, it's kinda like this: the loungey, piano bar, highball, gin & tonic atmosphere hides some rather alarming and droll stories of small dramas straight out of Charles Bragg and Edward Gorey. While you're being seduced by the sleek dulcet tones of Feather's tropically bouncy encantations, the import of the verses begins to sink in: a pensée on Scully and Mulder from X–Files (Out There), a tongue twistingly rapid dissertation on a fleet–footedly freakish Indiana Lana, and a cut written for her husband about a young lass obsessed with the number 5 (Five), a ditty that caused a GRP label exec to exclaim that the songstress had "finally lost her f—ing mind!" Not one cut here follows standard love/longing/gosh–life–is–great formulas, all instead tilting with the sort of insensate sensibilities that make psychologist mutter "Uh–oh!".
• As last time, a gaggle of top pros accompany the skewed chanteuse (Russ Ferrante, Shelley Berg, Grant Geissman, etc.) and deepen the seemingly innocuous nature of what's really going on, dragging the lounge into a cabaret before you know the scenery's switched. Even the bop elements put on taffeta and hide beneath liltingly sweet swooping lines and human birdsong. Yes, the presentation is flawless and classically creative, but crimsons up just enough to suggest that while one may well be at the Ahmanson or Met listening to the program, the rest of the attendees are not of the usual Uppa Crust but rather the cast and cosmology from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
• Edited by: David N. Pyles
• Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
• This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
• Fortaken: http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p07647.htm
• Photo–surreal imagery created by Michael Ticcino for Tales of the Unusual
• Photography by Mikel Healey
|Lorraine Feather – Tales Of The Unusual (2012)|