Natural Affinities

Natural Affinities

by Jeanne Lee


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Jeanne Lee was always an unusual singer, one of the most adventurous to emerge out of the 1960s in jazz. Listening to this 1992 recording, one hears many moments that sound a bit like Cassandra Wilson would a decade later. Lee has a warm but dark voice, often floating as part of the ensemble rather than dominating the music, although in reality she is the dominating force. During this set, although there are conventional moments (particularly a straightforward "I Thought About You" and parts of the closing number, which is Brazilian-oriented), much of the haunting music is quite atmospheric and beyond any specific style. "Mingus Meditations" has Lee at a couple points reciting the words of Charles Mingus from his semi-fictional memoirs, "Peace Chorale" and "Free Space" are not too conventional, and in some spots Lee gives prominent roles (even during her vocals) to bassist Dave Holland, trumpeter Leo Smith, and altoist Mark Whitecage. The overall results are intriguing and will take several listens to fully appreciate.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728350921
catalogNumber: 3509
Rank: 146393

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeanne Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gunter Hampel   Flute,Vibes
Jerome Harris   Guitar
Dave Holland   Bass
Wadada Leo Smith   Trumpet
Newman Baker   Drums
Amina Claudine Myers   Piano,Vocals
Mark Whitecage   Alto Saxophone
Paul Broadnax   Piano,Vocals
Lisle Atkinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Gunter Hampel   Composer
Dave Holland   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Sharon Freeman   Composer
Jeanne Lee   Composer,Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Katsuhiko Naito   Engineer
Jean-Jacques Pussiau   Producer
L. Michael Smith   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bernard Amiard   Art Direction
Ntozake Shange   Composer
David Baker   Engineer
Jean-Marie Guérin   Engineer
François Lemair   Producer
John Teagle   Engineer

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