Travelin' Light

Travelin' Light

by Gabrielle Goodman
     
 

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Sounding like a combination of Sarah Vaughan and Chaka Khan seasoned with a dash of Roberta Flack, Gabrielle Goodman is joined by a motley crew of modern musicians, swoops, scats, and whoops through a playlist of standards and originals, one of them by Goodman herself. For the

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Sounding like a combination of Sarah Vaughan and Chaka Khan seasoned with a dash of Roberta Flack, Gabrielle Goodman is joined by a motley crew of modern musicians, swoops, scats, and whoops through a playlist of standards and originals, one of them by Goodman herself. For the most part, it seems that the arrangements, including those of the standards, are "popularized." That is, they have been designed to be attractive to fans of contemporary popular music. One exception is the Gershwin Brothers' "Someone to Watch Over Me," where Goodman opens the verse with just Kevin Eubanks' subdued guitar (one of few subdued moments on this disc) behind her. Additional instrumentation, especially Gary Thomas' tenor, joins in for a very relaxed chorus. (Thomas and his saxophones are very prominent on this disc.) But on most of the cuts, Goodman's voice soars to the heavens. "Over the Rainbow" becomes a bop aria, and on "Travelin' Light," her voice becomes a horn, competing with Thomas' tenor for the dominating position on this tune. Goodman's rendition will not remind anyone of Judy Garland's. The Goodman composed "Manila" is a major production. The pulse is established by drummer Buddy Williams' back beat. Barry Miles' synthesizer weaves in and out with Goodman's voice as she overdubs the background vocals. Clifford Brown's "Blues Walk" flirts with the avant-garde, as Goodman sings wordless vocals, Thomas' serendipitous sax wailing with her. This tune, with Goodman and Thomas as a two-person ensemble, is one of the album's highlights. Once more she relies on the laid-back guitar of Eubanks in her thoughtful, emotional offering of "Don't Explain," another of the album's strong performances. Many will have to give this album more than a single play before fully appreciating it, but they will assuredly be drawn to Goodman's wide-ranging, unusual but haunting presentation of the music. Travelin' Light will be particularly appreciated by those who prize a singer willing to take some major risks. [Fortunately, the lyrics are reprinted in the liner notes.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Winter & Winter
UPC:
0025091906321
catalogNumber:
919063

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Performance Credits

Gabrielle Goodman   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Cain   Piano
Wolfgang Muthspiel   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gary Thomas   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barry Miles   Synthesizer,Piano
Anthony Cox   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Don Alias   Percussion,Conga
Tony Bunn   Electric Bass
Kevin Eubanks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Feldman   Violin,Vocals
Buddy Williams   Drums
Michael Cain   Piano
David Bunn   Synthesizer,Piano
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass,Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Withers   Composer
Barry Miles   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Carlos Albrecht   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Stefan Winter   Producer,Audio Production
Gabrielle Goodman   Vocal Arrangements
Hiroshi Itsuno   Executive Producer
David Bunn   Arranger
Günter Mattei   Cover Design
Adrian von Ripka   Engineer

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