Collage

Collage

by Luba Mason
     
 
Anyone who wondered what good might ever come of Paul Simon's failed Broadway show The Capeman finds a glorious answer in this debut by Luba Mason, a classically trained veteran stage actress/singer who once starred in the Simon debacle. The show's colorful combination of Latin music, jazz, melody and poetry was a key catalyst for the beautiful marriage of

Overview

Anyone who wondered what good might ever come of Paul Simon's failed Broadway show The Capeman finds a glorious answer in this debut by Luba Mason, a classically trained veteran stage actress/singer who once starred in the Simon debacle. The show's colorful combination of Latin music, jazz, melody and poetry was a key catalyst for the beautiful marriage of elements that makes her debut an incredibly diverse, triumphant experience. Mason, a powerfully emotional song interpreter who stars with Val Kilmer in the stage presentation of The Ten Commandments, must have driven her marketing folks crazy with this hodgepodge of fascinating styles. She does a cool jazz swing thing with "Moondance," goes wildly Irish with the socially conscious Lou Reed-Rubén Blades tune "The Calm Before the Storm" and explores the subtlety of "Look of Love" in Spanish over a laid-back samba rhythm. That's just for starters -- she also finds unique ways to mine the classics of Johnny Nash (classical), Neil Diamond (folk-rock), the Sherman Brothers (Dixieland), George Harrison (new age) and Jerry Jeff Walker (blues). Add English and Slovak folk tunes (the latter an elegiac nod to her ethnic heritage) to the mix, and Mason could invent a new Grammy category: Best Joyfully Schizophrenic Album. Rubén Blades, who featured Mason on his 2003 Grammy winning CD Mundo, plays an ongoing creative role here, singing, playing maracas and percussion and co-writing with Elvis Costello the album's most beautiful piece, the heartbreaking "Shamed Into Love." Overall, Collage is a much-needed dose of uniqueness in an industry where bland pigeonholing is an art form in itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607042325
catalogNumber:
423

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luba Mason   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rubén Blades   Percussion,Maracas,Background Vocals,cowbell
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Randy Landau   Bass
Jeffrey Lesser   Harmonica,Shaker
Daryl Waters   Piano,Keyboards
Eric Rigler   Bagpipes,Irish Flute
Antoine Silverman   Fiddle,Violin
Roberto Delgado   Bass
Gary Sieger   Guitar
Jan Folkson   Keyboards
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Walter Flores   Flute,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Ricardo Ramírez   Violin
Edin Solis   Guitar,Percussion
J. Walter Hawkes   Ukulele
Loren "L Train" Ellis   Guitar
Marco Linares   Guitar,Background Vocals
Carlos "Tapado" Vargas   Percussion,Conga,Vibes

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Arranger,Composer,Author,Spanish Adaptation
Elvis Costello   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer,Author
Tom Waits   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jane Duboc   Composer
Jeff Hoffman   Engineer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Lesser   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Van Morrison   Composer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Daryl Waters   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jim Keller   Composer
Michael John LaChiusa   Author
Jason Gaines   Editorial Coordinator
Jan Folkson   Engineer
Luba Mason   Arranger,English Translations
Bart Migal   Engineer
Walter Flores   Arranger,Engineer,Violin Arrangement,MIDI Programming
Edin Solis   Arranger
Kamilo Kratc   Engineer

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