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Avalon
     

Avalon

by Lauren Kinhan
 
If a member of a jazz vocal group records a solo album and the artist hasn't been doing a lot of recording on his/her own, the question inevitably becomes: will the solo project closely resemble the group's output, or will it be an opportunity for him/her to try something different? In the case of Lauren Kinhan, the latter is definitely applicable. Kinhan is best

Overview

If a member of a jazz vocal group records a solo album and the artist hasn't been doing a lot of recording on his/her own, the question inevitably becomes: will the solo project closely resemble the group's output, or will it be an opportunity for him/her to try something different? In the case of Lauren Kinhan, the latter is definitely applicable. Kinhan is best known for her work with the adventurous New York Voices, which she joined in 1992 (replacing Sara Krieger) and was still a member of 18 years later in mid-2010, but her second solo album, Avalon, doesn't follow in New York Voices' jazz-oriented footsteps. Avalon is jazz-influenced, certainly, but it isn't really jazz-oriented; instead, Kinhan the solo artist generally favors what is probably best described as jazzy adult alternative along the lines of Norah Jones or Julia Fordham. Of course, jazz snobs -- being the very predictable and knee-jerk individuals that they are -- will no doubt denounce Avalon as Kinhan's sell-out album. But then, Kinhan (who wrote or co-wrote everything on this 49-minute CD) never claimed to be a jazz purist; her previous solo album, 2000's Hardly Blinking, was produced by none other than Phil Ramone -- not Orrin Keepnews, not Todd Barkan, or even Creed Taylor, but Phil Ramone. Kinhan obviously needed to express more of her pop
ock side, and she does so with enjoyably satisfying results on introspective solo items such as "Hide the Moon and Stars," "Here After," and "There Alone Go I." Besides, it isn't as though New York Voices have been violently opposed to pop
ock material; one of their most interesting albums is a jazz tribute to Paul Simon. But Avalon isn't about jazz interpretations of pop
ock tunes; this is mostly an album of pop
ock/adult alternative with jazz overtones, and listeners who are broad-minded rather than doctrinaire in their thinking will find Avalon to be a likable solo effort from the long-time New York Voices member.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2010
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923206224
catalogNumber:
2062

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lauren Kinhan   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Kate McGarry   Background Vocals
Jay Ashby   Percussion
Everett Bradley   Background Vocals
Jonatha Brooke   Vocals
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Peter Eldridge   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Ezrin   Piano,fender rhodes,Soloist,Hammond B3
Mike Harvey   Background Vocals
Aaron Heick   Flute
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Romero Lubambo   Guitar,Cavaquinho
Eve Nelson   Flute
Ben Wittman   Percussion,Drums,Hand Drums
Stephan Crump   Bass
Donny McCaslin   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Paul Nowinski   Bass
Joel Frahm   Alto Saxophone
Conrad Korsch   Bass
Ben Butler   Guitar
Jody Redhage   Cello
Mike Davis   Trombone
Ella Pearl Marcus   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Mounsey   Cello Arrangement
Jonatha Brooke   Duet
Peter Eldridge   Composer
Andy Ezrin   Composer
Lauren Kinhan   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Eve Nelson   Composer,Cello Arrangement
Ben Wittman   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Theo Bleckmann   Composer,Lyricist
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Ben Butler   Composer
Rachel Solomon   Illustrations

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