Fine Upstanding Citizen

Fine Upstanding Citizen

by Maia Sharp



Songwriter Maia Sharp has issued only three recording in the last eight years. She established herself in the all-but-extinct AAA radio market with her debut, Hardly Glamour on the defunct Ark 21 imprint. Her self-titled sophomore outing was on the Concord Jazz label, of all places, and now she finds herself with Koch. Fine Upstanding Citizen is another extension of what Sharp does best: she writes very classy pop songs that bridge the gaps between rock, folk, and jazz forms. She's got a fine, smoky voice that is limited in range but is used to maximum effect due to a genuine stylist's sense of phrasing. Tracks like the opener, "Red Dress," are effective given their blend of jaunty melodies, sparse acoustic guitars, and painterly instrumental backdrops highlighting skeletal hooks. Elsewhere, such as on "Kinder Blues," the guitars weave a late-night tapestry where airy textures meet a lovelorn, weary vocal that digs into the seam of a relationship on the brink. "Fall Like Margarite" is simply gorgeous. Its simple melody, high-tuned guitars, minimal string arrangement, and hand percussion give the tune a live feel, and Sharp's saxophone solo in the break underscores the poignancy in this morality tale. This record won't set the charts on fire, but anyone interested in quality songwriting should be attracted to its corner. Hopefully, someone will give Fine Upstanding Citizen a chance; it's a mature mark from an under-the-radar artist who has a lot to say.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0684038984022
catalogNumber: 9840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maia Sharp   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Flute,Piano,Electric Guitar,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Djembe
Jill Sobule   Voices
David Batteau   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Addison   Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Melodica,Sampling,Indian Banjo
Brad Jones   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Bass Guitar,Harmonium,Timpani,Sampling,Vibes,Guitar (Nylon String)
Richard Julian   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
Kim Richey   Background Vocals
Randy Sharp   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Sampling,Bass Harmonica
Nina Singh   Percussion,Drums
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Viola
David Henry   Cello
Will Kimbrough   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Josef Zimmerman   Bass,Bass Guitar
Joshua Segal   Violin,Viola
Mickey Grimm   Percussion,Drums
Mitch Tobias   Composite
Janet Robin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ronnie Manaog   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Andy Georges   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Sampling

Technical Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Author
David Batteau   Composer
Kevin Fisher   Composer
Mark Addison   Composer,Producer,Loop
J.C. Crowley   Composer
Brad Jones   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kim Richey   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Randy Sharp   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Imani Coppola   Composer
Steve Poltz   Composer
Steve Swindelli   Composer
Janet Robin   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Georgia Middleman   Composer
Jason Rowe   Composer
Jeremy Ferguson   Engineer

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