Dissertation on the State of Bliss

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The cycle of love lost and found is the stated theme of Laura Welland's sophomore recording. A wealth of standards are put together in something of a chronological order to depict the forms of love and the desire for love over one's lifetime. The album opens with a series of "young love"-themed songs, full of vim and vigor with honesty and innocence built into the old Gershwin among others' lyrics as needed. As the album progresses, the tone turns darker and thicker and Welland does her best Eartha Kitt renditions of "Fever." This becomes a more erotic session, which eventually turns sour with a cello-laced rendition really a bowed bass of "The Thrill Is Gone." In turns,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The cycle of love lost and found is the stated theme of Laura Welland's sophomore recording. A wealth of standards are put together in something of a chronological order to depict the forms of love and the desire for love over one's lifetime. The album opens with a series of "young love"-themed songs, full of vim and vigor with honesty and innocence built into the old Gershwin among others' lyrics as needed. As the album progresses, the tone turns darker and thicker and Welland does her best Eartha Kitt renditions of "Fever." This becomes a more erotic session, which eventually turns sour with a cello-laced rendition really a bowed bass of "The Thrill Is Gone." In turns, after this point, there's a darker mood through a series related to the dismissal of love and an eventual turn back to the light for the ending series of tunes. Welland's vocals take on new varieties on this album from her previous outings, working their general sparseness into a breathy sound for the smoky numbers, and into a blank naïveté in the happier ones. The band picks up quite a bit here, though, with some exceptional ambient playing on the part of Anne Drummond's flute, John Clayton's bass, and most notably, Mike LeDonne's organ playing. Welland is still mastering her sound and seems to be getting a handle on how, exactly, she wants to sound. This album is both interesting for hearing a variety of uses of a relatively simple sound and phrasing style, and as a case study of a vocalist's further development.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Oa2
  • UPC: 805552202328
  • Catalog Number: 22023

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Welland Primary Artist, Vocals
Mike LeDonne Organ
Russell Malone Guitar
Kenny Washington Drums
John Clayton Bass
Anne Drummond Flute
Gerald Clayton Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Lew Brown Composer
John Clayton Composer, Producer
Howard Dietz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
John Latouche Composer
Michael Leonard Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Joel Moss Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
John Davenport Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
Charlie Eble Engineer
Albert Hague Composer
Herbert Martin Composer
Ted Fetter Composer
Arnold B. Horwitt Composer
Laura Welland Liner Notes
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