Raya Yarbrough

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408365829
  • Catalog Number: 83658
  • Sales rank: 123,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lord Knows I Would (4:29)
  2. 2 You're So Bad for Me (4:56)
  3. 3 Joy Spring (5:22)
  4. 4 Dreamer's Ball (4:38)
  5. 5 Sorrow's Eyes (5:47)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo (3:42)
  7. 7 Early Autumn (4:42)
  8. 8 Listen, Emily (5:29)
  9. 9 Hollywood Love (5:29)
  10. 10 'Round We Go (4:24)
  11. 11 Vice and Vanity (5:24)
  12. 12 Better Days (4:28)
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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, 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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