Carol Welsman

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If this self-titled CD had more of a straight-ahead jazz outlook, it would be easy to describe Carol Welsman as a member of the Cool School; the Canadian singer favors the type of relaxed, subtle phrasing that June Christy, Helen Merrill and Chris Connor were known for in the '50s. But for the most part, this 2007 release (which was produced by Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets fame) is not straight-ahead jazz but rather, is best described as jazz-tinged pop/NAC singing along the lines of Basia, Marilyn Scott and Sade. The 50-minute CD does have its improvisatory moments; the Brazilian-flavored "Café" (a Welsman original) demonstrates that Welsman can scat and improvise ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If this self-titled CD had more of a straight-ahead jazz outlook, it would be easy to describe Carol Welsman as a member of the Cool School; the Canadian singer favors the type of relaxed, subtle phrasing that June Christy, Helen Merrill and Chris Connor were known for in the '50s. But for the most part, this 2007 release (which was produced by Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets fame) is not straight-ahead jazz but rather, is best described as jazz-tinged pop/NAC singing along the lines of Basia, Marilyn Scott and Sade. The 50-minute CD does have its improvisatory moments; the Brazilian-flavored "Café" (a Welsman original) demonstrates that Welsman can scat and improvise effectively when she puts her mind to it. But pop dominates the album, and that isn't a problem because Welsman's pop -- although certainly light -- is not lightweight. For all her subtlety and understatement, Welsman gets her emotional points across whether she is putting her spin on the Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes," Madonna's "Live to Tell" or the Latin standard "Nosotros." Welsman has no problem performing in Spanish on "Nosotros"; in fact, she performs in a total of five languages on this disc -- not only English and Spanish, but also in Portuguese on "Eu Vim de Ahia," in Italian on "Ora" and in French on "Dans Cette Chambre." The latter is an example of a familiar melody with new lyrics; "Dans Cette Chambre" is Welsman's French-language interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot's "Beautiful." A Lightfoot melody and French lyrics might seem an unlikely combination, but it works for Welsman. This disc falls short of exceptional, although it's a pleasing, likable effort that is worth hearing if one has spent a lot of time listening to NAC favorites like Basia and Scott.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944022021
  • Catalog Number: 220
  • Sales rank: 63,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brazasia (4:30)
  2. 2 Hold Me (3:55)
  3. 3 Dans Cette Chambre (3:55)
  4. 4 What a Fool Believes (4:00)
  5. 5 Eu Vim de Bahia (2:49)
  6. 6 Café (3:53)
  7. 7 Live to Tell (4:58)
  8. 8 Nosotros (4:02)
  9. 9 Too Close for Comfort (5:01)
  10. 10 With Me (2:27)
  11. 11 Dans Mon Île (3:34)
  12. 12 Beautiful (3:54)
  13. 13 Ora (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carol Welsman Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Jimmy Haslip Bass, Bass Guitar
John Acosta Background Vocals
Vern Dorge Soprano Saxophone
Eric Marienthal Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Pierre Côté Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Branly Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Composer
Nelson Rodriguez Composer
Jimmy Haslip Producer, Mastering, Audio Production
Jerry Bock Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves Composer
Madonna Composer
Patrick Leonard Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Julio Acosta Composer
Joe T. Vannelli Project Engineer, Mastering
Jim West Executive Producer
Henri Salvador Composer
Carol Welsman Composer, Liner Notes
Greg Kolchinsky Engineer
Larry Holofcener Composer
George Seara Engineer
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