An Invitation

An Invitation

by Inara George


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An Invitation

Taking a break from the Bird and the Bee's retro electronics, Inara George teamed up with family friend Van Dyke Parks to create an album of elegant symphonic pop. An Invitation is the stylish result, with George playing the part of a modern-day jazz singer (she's more Norah Jones than, say, Diana Krall) over layers of strings, flutes, brass, and piano. Given the general lack of percussion, George is required to set her own pace, a challenge she meets with nimble phrasing and rubato delivery. Parks also adapts to his partner, working around her subtle vocals by heaping on the violins and limiting the presence of bright, brassy horns. Even so, An Invitation is nothing if not a Parks record; his influence is felt in every measure, every quarter note, and he arguably deserves to share top billing with George. Putting the two on equal ground might've also encouraged more push and pull in the melodies, which often lack the memorable hooks of George's previous work. George and Parks hardly coast along on the strength of their pedigrees, however, and An Invitation fares better as the duo's debut effort rather than George's follow-up to The Bird and the Bee. This is an album for Sunday afternoons, for fans of Frank Sinatra and Aaron Copeland, for sophisticates who want music to soothe their minds rather than demand its full attention.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Everloving
UPC: 0181220100128
catalogNumber: 24

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Inara George   Primary Artist,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Piano,Accordion,Conductor
Steve Kujala   Flute
Sid Page   Conductor,Concert Master
Larry Corbett   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Grant Geissman   Guitar,Mandolin
Dominic Genova   Upright Bass
Don Heffington   Percussion
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Geoff Nudell   Clarinet
Suzanna Giordono   Viola
David R. Stone   Upright Bass
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Karen Elaine   Viola
Peter Nevin   Clarinet
Kimberly Harmon   Violin
Amy L. Hershberger   Violin
Jamie Pedrini   Flute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Viola

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Arranger
Michael Andrews   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brad Haehnel   Engineer
Mike King   Illustrations
Inara George   Composer
Richard Parks   Personal Assistant
Dan Long   Engineer
Mike Andrews   Composer

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