Raya Yarbrough

Raya Yarbrough

by Raya Yarbrough
     
 

Raya Yarbrough is a most intriguing singer. Like Maria Muldaur, her music stretches across many genres, making the division between the styles a bit confusing if not irrelevant. Best known in Los Angeles, Raya Yarbrough shows on her debut CD that she is heading towards fame as long as she can resist being categorized. She splits her CDSee more details below

Overview

Raya Yarbrough is a most intriguing singer. Like Maria Muldaur, her music stretches across many genres, making the division between the styles a bit confusing if not irrelevant. Best known in Los Angeles, Raya Yarbrough shows on her debut CD that she is heading towards fame as long as she can resist being categorized. She splits her CD between jazz and pop, also including some selections that could be considered jazzy pop or pop-oriented jazz. A few creative high points should be mentioned. "You're So Bad for Me" has catchy lyrics that could result in the song catching on. Clifford Brown's bebop standard "Joy Spring" is given electronics and loops that make it sound like a very different song, even as it quotes Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring" near its end. "Dreamer's Ball" is an altered blues, while on "Mood Indigo," she sings vocalese lyrics that may be those of Jon Hendricks' to a Shorty Baker trumpet solo. "Early Autumn" is given a particularly intriguing treatment, featuring Yarbrough's voice accompanied by a string quartet. Throughout the set, her lyrics are intelligent and sometimes deal with unexpected issues, while the musicianship of the players is impeccable. All in all, this is a very impressive debut for the eclectic Yarbrough.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408365829
catalogNumber:
83658
Rank:
126053

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raya Yarbrough   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
John Kirby   Piano,Keyboards
Katisse Buckingham   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Paul Cartwright   Violin,Guest Appearance
Keith Fiddmont   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Joel Peskin   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Nate Wood   Drums
Martin Yarbrough   Background Vocals
Brian Swartz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Takeshi Akimoto   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Lea   Viola,Guest Appearance
Kaveh Rastegar   Bass
Jacob Szekely   Cello,Guest Appearance
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Woody Herman   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Steve Bartek   Arranger,Producer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ron McMaster   Mastering
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Steve Kaplan   Producer,Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Kevin DiBella   Engineer
Noah Scot Snyder   Digital Editing
Katrina Schiller   Digital Editing
Raya Yarbrough   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Calligraphy
Milton Gutierrez   Engineer

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