Speak Love

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's a little surprising for Seattle's Origin label, heavy on instrumentalists and local scene players, to take on a torch singer in its portfolio. However, L.A. area songstress Courtney Fortune shows stronger development than many of the average lounge singers, combining with contemporary big-band maestro Chris Walden for a number of compositions that highlight aspects outside of the standard jazz repertoire. Her self-penned "You're Starting to Feel Like Home" rolls out as a definite torch song, but with deeper tones hailing from the realm of contemporary pop and rock. Fortune's vocals are highlighted perfectly in this nontraditional format. Contrarily, the title track ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
It's a little surprising for Seattle's Origin label, heavy on instrumentalists and local scene players, to take on a torch singer in its portfolio. However, L.A. area songstress Courtney Fortune shows stronger development than many of the average lounge singers, combining with contemporary big-band maestro Chris Walden for a number of compositions that highlight aspects outside of the standard jazz repertoire. Her self-penned "You're Starting to Feel Like Home" rolls out as a definite torch song, but with deeper tones hailing from the realm of contemporary pop and rock. Fortune's vocals are highlighted perfectly in this nontraditional format. Contrarily, the title track uses some intriguing guitar ideas, but then calls in more sweeping string arrangements to accompany Fortune, leading to a more traditional form. Her voice holds up well in this scenario, but some of the iconoclastic magic is missing. It's in the original compositions and less standard for the lounge scene formats that Fortune really shines, when she shows off her originality in form rather than just fitting into the torch singer mold, when her deeper vocals come naturally rather than with the forced qualities that characterize some torch singers. As a result, the album can be a little hit or miss, but when she's on, she's most definitely on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558254123
  • Catalog Number: 82541
  • Sales rank: 130,878

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Courtney Fortune Primary Artist, Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
Sid Page Violin
Kevin Axt Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Till Brönner Trumpet
Larry Corbett Cello
Jim Cox Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Brian Dembow Viola
Jeff Driskill Clarinet
Stephen Erdody Cello, Soloist
Julie Gigante Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Christian Jacob Piano
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Bob McChesney Trombone
Dean Parks Guitar
Jimbo Ross Viola
Gregg Field Drums
Julie Rogers Violin
Chris Walden Synthesizer, Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
Shawn Mann Viola
Keith Greene Viola
Roberto Cani Violin
Caroline Campbell Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Andrew Synowiec Guitar
Nicole Garcia Violin
Michael A. Harris Background Vocals
Blake Angelos Keyboards
Jamey Tate Drums
Tamara Hatwan Violin
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Technical Credits
Rod Argent Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Steve Genewick Engineer
Chris Walden Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming, String Conductor
Louis Alter Composer
Michael Barr Composer
Albert Beach Composer
Dion McGregor Composer
Robin Bartholick Cover Photo
Chip Westerfield Engineer
Malcolm Luker Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Courtney Fortune Composer
Oliver Kels Composer
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