Lady Bird

Lady Bird

by Denine Monet
     
 

For her debut album, Denine Monet comes up with a theme built around the role birds have played in our culture. Monet, like many of her contemporary vocalists, has a large cast of technicians and musicians with her on this album, some playing exotic percussive instruments, which fit well with the theme and help create a musical avian atmosphere. The theme… See more details below

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For her debut album, Denine Monet comes up with a theme built around the role birds have played in our culture. Monet, like many of her contemporary vocalists, has a large cast of technicians and musicians with her on this album, some playing exotic percussive instruments, which fit well with the theme and help create a musical avian atmosphere. The theme notwithstanding, there are very good tracks here and they are ones without affectation and extraneous noise. One is a blues based, a sometimes down and dirty rendition of Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" with lyrics by Mark Murphy. Monet runs off some solid scatting and speaks in tongues wordless vocalizing on this track backed by the rhythm section of Frank Martin, Will Kennedy, and Joel Smith. Along similar lines comes inventive scatting on "Night in Tunisia" where the singer goes one on one with Darol Anger's violin. Bringing off the bench one of the visiting instruments, the cello, which along with Monet's languid vocalizing creates a feeling of lethargy for "Lazy Afternoon." Feathered creatures come into play as the opening on a haunting, intense "Stalking" with Frank Martin's avant gardish piano helping to create a dreamy aura. Balance is given to the session with a relatively straightforward but cleverly constructed medley of "You Go to My Head"/"There Will Never Be Another You." There's a dubbed vocalese duet with herself on "Fly, Lady Bird"/ "Half Nelson." Monet comes from that school of dramatic singers some of whose graduates include Norma Winstone and Abbey Lincoln. One result is that the singer has a very pleasant voice. In fact, she has several pleasant voices. For those who like their vocalizing laced with melodramatics and mannerisms, this album is a must.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
Label:
The Orchard
UPC:
0803680100820
catalogNumber:
801008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Denine Monet   Primary Artist,Vocals
Darol Anger   Violin
Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
Mary Fettig   Flute
Kenny Washington   Vocals
Mimi Fox   Guitar
Celso Alberti   Drums,Shaker,Udu
Louis Fasman   Trumpet
Russell Ferrante   Piano,Pianette
Stanley Poplin   Acoustic Bass
Jami Sieber   Cello
Joel Smith   Electric Bass
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
James Ward   Overdubs
Marquinho Brasil   Bata
Will Kennedy   Drums
Jesús Diaz   Bata
Tommy Kesecker   Marimbas
Gary Brown   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Celso Alberti   overdub engineer
Kenny Evans   Engineer,overdub engineer
George Horn   Mastering
Gary Mankin   overdub engineer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Paul Potyen   Arranger
James Ward   overdub engineer
Denine Monet   Arranger,Poetry,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Medley Concept,Sound Arrangement

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