Tender Trap

Tender Trap

by Janis Siegel
     
 

The powerhouse Manhattan Transfer vocalist doesn't want us to think this is just another album of brilliantly arranged standards sung to perfection. So on the album's cover she casts herself as something of an actress with a cartoon rendering of her in an evening gown, labeling this "The Tender Trap by Janis Siegel" -- with…  See more details below

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The powerhouse Manhattan Transfer vocalist doesn't want us to think this is just another album of brilliantly arranged standards sung to perfection. So on the album's cover she casts herself as something of an actress with a cartoon rendering of her in an evening gown, labeling this "The Tender Trap by Janis Siegel" -- with the tag line "Escape Is the Last Thing on Your Mind." No need for all the fancy packaging, though. Just hearing one of pop and jazz's most remarkable singers strut renditions arranged by her longtime partner and pianist, Fred Hersch, is enticing enough. Her liner notes humorously chronicle her choice of tunes, which ranges from an elegant trio reading of "That Old Black Magic" (done in 5/4) to a simmering and swaying twist on the title track. Her urgent voice is also perfectly suited for a bluesy rendition of "I Just Want to Make Love to You," which features the two-pronged instrumental attack of David Tronzo's slide guitar and Hank Crawford's alto sax). The great thing about Siegel is how she moves so effortlessly from that sort of barn-burning torchiness to the floating, ethereal vibe of "How Deep Is the Ocean?" She also fashions "How Long Has This Been Going On" as a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and performs a never before recorded lyric to Billy Strayhorn's familiar "Lotus Blossom" called "All Roads Lead Back to You."

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Medici Classics
UPC:
0766322102128
catalogNumber:
1021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Siegel   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Fred Hersch   Piano
Victor Lewis   Drums
Russell Malone   Guitar
Frank Colon   Bongos
Drew Gress   Bass
David Tronzo   Slide Guitar
Jon Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Matt Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Fred Hersch   Arranger,Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Chris Long   Executive Producer
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Engineer,Mastering
Eric Bowman   Artwork

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