Worrisome Heart

Worrisome Heart

by Melody Gardot
     
 

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Melody Gardot's debut recording, released in 2006, came two years after she suffered a near fatal automobile accident, the differently able Gardot triumphing in accomplishing what many others, including her, could only dream of. This project has her singing and playing guitar and a little piano, but more so presenting this project of all original material. Gardot has

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Melody Gardot's debut recording, released in 2006, came two years after she suffered a near fatal automobile accident, the differently able Gardot triumphing in accomplishing what many others, including her, could only dream of. This project has her singing and playing guitar and a little piano, but more so presenting this project of all original material. Gardot has an interesting personal story, but even more intriguing music that straddles the line between lounge jazz, folk, and cowgirl songs. She's part sophisticated chanteuse, college sophomore, and down-home girl next door. Her innocence, sweetness, and light are very alluring, much like the persona of tragic songbirds Eva Cassidy and Nancy LaMott. Feel empathy for Gardot, but don't patronize her -- she's the real deal much more that many of her over-hyped peers. "Quiet Fire" is definitely her signature tune, as it speaks volumes of where her soul is at, in a jazz/blues mode, yearning for true love. The title track follows a similar tack, a slow, sweet, sentimental slinky blues that will melt your heart. A finger-snapping "Goodnite" leaves you wanting that night to continue, but also exudes a hope that permeates the entire recording. She might be a bit down on men during the nonplussed "All That I Need Is Love," but her subdued optimism glows cool. "Sweet Memory" might possibly parallel Feist or perhaps KT Tunstall in a rural country mode, while "Gone" is clearly folkish, and the slow "Some Lessons" expresses a contemporary Nashville precept. The laid-back music behind Gardot is basically acoustic, incorporating hip jazz instrumentation, especially the trumpet of Patrick Hughes and occasional organ, Wurlitzer, or Fender Rhodes from Joel Bryant, but with twists including violin, lap steel, and Dobro. The concise nature of this recording and these tunes perfectly reflects the realization that life is precious, every moment counts, and satisfaction is fleeting. Likely to be placed in the Norah Jones/Nellie McKay/Madeleine Peyroux pseudo jazz/pop sweepstakes, Gardot offers something decidedly more authentic and genuine. She's one-upped them all out of the gate.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Ais
UPC:
0602517787568
catalogNumber:
1778756
Rank:
37422

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Performance Credits

Melody Gardot   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Vox Organ
Joel Bryant   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Ron Kerber   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Slotter   Trumpet
David Mowry   Dobro
Diane Monroe   Violin
Mike Brenner   Lap Steel Guitar
Kurt Johnston   Dobro
Barney McKenna   Guitar
Matt Cappy   Trumpet
Patrick Hughes   Trumpet
Ken Pendergast   Bass
Paul Klinefelter   Bass
Charlie Patierno   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Glenn Barratt   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Lee Smith   Creative Assistance
Dave Gerhart   Engineer
Melody Gardot   Composer,Producer

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