A New Leaf

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz pianist Ramona Borthwick, a native of India who has lived in Canada for a long time, makes her recording debut as a leader with A New Leaf, a quintet date which focuses on her formidable skills as a composer and arranger. Accompanied by guitarist Noel Borthwick, bassist Fernando Huergo, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and drummer Ziv Ravitz, Borthwick effortlessly blends influences from the music of many lands throughout the sessions. The lush opener is the easygoing, Latin-flavored ballad "A New Leaf," featuring a fragile solo by Grenadier that is reminiscent of Tom Harrell, along with Borthwick's lyrical piano. Noel Borthwick contributed the brisk but eerie "Dark Secrets of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz pianist Ramona Borthwick, a native of India who has lived in Canada for a long time, makes her recording debut as a leader with A New Leaf, a quintet date which focuses on her formidable skills as a composer and arranger. Accompanied by guitarist Noel Borthwick, bassist Fernando Huergo, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and drummer Ziv Ravitz, Borthwick effortlessly blends influences from the music of many lands throughout the sessions. The lush opener is the easygoing, Latin-flavored ballad "A New Leaf," featuring a fragile solo by Grenadier that is reminiscent of Tom Harrell, along with Borthwick's lyrical piano. Noel Borthwick contributed the brisk but eerie "Dark Secrets of Three Blind Mice," in which the guitarist and trumpeter exchange licks over the pulsating rhythm section to build the tension until it releases into a more conventional post-bop setting. Vocalist Esperanza Spalding (with the pianist singing the rhythm underneath her lead) is added for the infectious, multicultural "Garbarero," which blends elements of Argentinean and Indian rhythm in a powerful post-bop setting, as well as the lively samba "Lotus Lake." Ramona Borthwick has made a major statement with this superb initial release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Whaling City Sound
  • UPC: 687606003026
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 198,158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Leaf (5:04)
  2. 2 Garbarero (7:19)
  3. 3 Two's Complement (4:50)
  4. 4 Home (7:55)
  5. 5 Latin Quarter (5:35)
  6. 6 Dark Secrets of Three Blind Mice (6:44)
  7. 7 Baarah Sur (6:22)
  8. 8 Lifelines (6:25)
  9. 9 Lotus Lake (5:41)
  10. 10 Indian Summer (6:09)
  11. 11 Ottawa Thaw (7:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ramona Borthwick Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Fernando Huergo Bass
Phil Grenadier Trumpet
Esperanza Spalding Vocals
Ziv Ravitz Drums
Noel Borthwick Guitar
Technical Credits
Ramona Borthwick Composer, Poetry, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Noel Borthwick Audio Production
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