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by Lorraine Feather
 
Over her mere seven-album discography, Lorraine Feather has carved out a fulfilling career as a jazz singer far outdistancing many one-shots, far less talented but successful pop-jazz vocalists, and wannabes. Her talent as a lyricist of wit, sarcasm, and keen observations of the American human condition is her true strength, and not always as acknowledged as her

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Over her mere seven-album discography, Lorraine Feather has carved out a fulfilling career as a jazz singer far outdistancing many one-shots, far less talented but successful pop-jazz vocalists, and wannabes. Her talent as a lyricist of wit, sarcasm, and keen observations of the American human condition is her true strength, and not always as acknowledged as her verbal chops and inventiveness. Her language goes beyond the nomenclatures of swing, bop, and contemporary improvisation, as Feather exploits many literary references and well-worn phraseology from various acumens, and keeps the proceedings upbeat and interactive between her words and the musical notes offered by her excellent confreres. Pianist Shelly Berg is closest to Feather as a collaborator, writing the music for Feather's cleverest lyrics. The quick, lithe, bouncy, and brisk "Traffic and Weather" relates to Bay Area commuter congestion, climatological issues, or references to inseparable pairings, and "We Appreciate Your Patience," with a cynical, animated take on annoying automated answering services, teams Feather and Berg in multilevel harmonic and whimsical refrains. Feather is fond of stringing worn-out clichés together, as on "Patience," but is in an especially sharp mood about trite multiple sports adages on the bopper "Hit the Ground Runnin'," featuring a furious Russell Ferrante on piano, and tells the all too familiar thoughts-racing, mouse-on-a-treadmill tale of "Where Are My Keys?," turning a dilemma into fun. Also skillful, aside from their lyric content, are her instrumental ideas, like using a horn section and a drummer only on the sassy tale of a career dilemma "Waiting Tables," or the slinky, bluesy Duke Ellington-like "A Household Name," debunking stardom and alerting you to the pitfalls of the celebrity trap. Feather can also be sentimental, as on her romanticized Billy Strayhorn waltz tribute "In Flower," the melancholy "I Love New York at Christmas," and her most languid, evocative tune, "Making It Up as We Go Along." She is rarely self-conscious or insular, but Ferrante's modal two-chord piano prop-up during "Home Alone" keeps Feather's possible dour mood in check, although she can't help being doting on "Very Unbecoming." On occasion, vocalists Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel, and Cheryl Bentyne enter in supportive vocal cameos. This may very well be Lorraine Feather's best effort, certainly the one where collaboration is the key, and statements on our disposable, technology-driven, time-consuming society had to be made. Bravo Lorraine, and hang in there!

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Jazzed Media
UPC:
0700261234427
catalogNumber:
1032
Rank:
90821

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Performance Credits

Lorraine Feather   Primary Artist,Vocals
Janis Siegel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheryl Bentyne   Background Vocals
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Michael Lang   Piano
Andy Martin   Trombone
Michael Shapiro   Percussion,Drums
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Saxophone
Shelly Berg   Piano
Gregg Field   Percussion,Drums
Tierney Sutton   Background Vocals
Michael Valerio   Bass Guitar
Willie Murillo   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Janis Siegel   Vocal Arrangements
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocal Arrangements
Lorraine Feather   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Eddie Arkin   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Elliot   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Russell Ferrante   Arranger,Composer
Tony Morales   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Ken Dryden   Liner Notes
Michael B. Nelson   Horn Arrangements
Carlos Del Rosario   Producer,Engineer

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