Truth About Suffering

Truth About Suffering

by Jamie Leonhart
     
 

Some uninformed individuals who don't know much about jazz will claim that Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Nellie McKay, Leslie Feist, and Tori Amos are all examples of full-time straight-ahead jazz singers. Not true -- all of them are singer/songwriters who have worked primarily in pop
ock (although McKay's appealing live performances ofSee more details below

Overview

Some uninformed individuals who don't know much about jazz will claim that Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Nellie McKay, Leslie Feist, and Tori Amos are all examples of full-time straight-ahead jazz singers. Not true -- all of them are singer/songwriters who have worked primarily in pop
ock (although McKay's appealing live performances of Tin Pan Alley standards in clubs indicate that she is quite capable of singing jazz when she puts her mind to it). However, all of them have been influenced by jazz and/or cabaret and have used them to their artistic advantage, which is exactly what singer/songwriter Jamie Leonhart does on her first full-length album, The Truth About Suffering. This impressive effort is not straight-ahead jazz any more than Mitchell's Court and Spark or Jones' Come Away with Me are straight-ahead jazz; there is a major difference between what Leonhart does and what hardcore jazz vocalists like Kitty Margolis, Vanessa Rubin, and Karrin Allyson have done. But there is no denying that jazz, cabaret and traditional pre-rock pop have had a very positive effect on the dusky pop
ock/adult alternative songs that Leonhart offers on this 57-minute CD. She brings an intriguing variety of influences to the table, ranging from Mitchell, Amos, and Jones to Peggy Lee and Kurt Weill. There are, at times, hints of the Beatles on The Truth About Suffering; the Fab Four certainly did a lot to broaden and expand rock when they incorporated elements of cabaret, torch singing, and English dance hall music, and Leonhart gives the impression that she is well aware of that fact. Leonhart wrote or co-wrote most of the material, which frequently has a way of being introspective, contemplative, melancholy, and dreamy all at once. The Truth About Suffering, which was produced and arranged by her husband Michael Leonhart, is a consistently impressive outing from this New York City-based singer/songwriter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728117029
Rank:
345461

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Leonhart   Primary Artist,Violin,Bass Drums,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Vibes,Conch Shell
Peck Allmond   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Michael Blake   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Penny Whistle
Michael Leonhart   Piano,Trumpet,Electric Bass,Celeste,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,French Horn,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Bells,Mellotron,Vibes,chamberlain,Shaker,Wurlitzer,Music Box,Tack Piano,Toy Piano,Typewriter,Hammond B3
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
Gary Wang   Acoustic Bass
Tom Abbs   Tuba,Cello
Mat Fieldes   Acoustic Bass
Marc Dalio   Drums
Stuart Bogie   Alto Clarinet
Joe Strasser   Drums
Nick Movshon   Drums
Gili Sharett   Bassoon
Leon Michels   Tenor Saxophone
Katie Scheele   English Horn,Oboe
Rob Jost   French Horn
Amy Kimball   Violin,Viola
Paul Olenick   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Christine Kim   Cello
Jellaludin Rumi   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Michael Leonhart   Composer,Audio Production
Jamie Leonhart   Composer,Sound Effects

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