Self Portrait [XRCD]

Self Portrait [XRCD]

by Carmen Lundy

CD

Overview

Jazz singers have a great deal of difficulty in building a fresh repertoire because so many pop songs are not really transferable to creative music. Carmen Lundy solves the problem on this CD by writing six of her own songs, both lyrics and music. Her talents in that area are impressive and it would not be surprising if a few future standards came out of her repertoire. Lundy's memorable, deep voice, which has a wide range, can go very low (as heard on Jobim's "Triste") and on "Firefly" she overdubs a second part, making the performance sound like a male-female duet. A tasteful string section is used on some selections, but most songs utilize the core of a strong rhythm section (pianist Cedar Walton, John Clayton, or Nathan East on bass and drummer Ralph Penland) plus occasional guests Ernie Watts and Gary Herbig on reeds. Whether interpreting ballads, singing more heated pieces, or floating over a funky vamp, Carmen Lundy pays close attention to the lyrics and mood of each song but feels free to improvise spontaneously. This is one of her strongest recordings, with the high points including "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most," "Firefly," "Forgive Me," and "My Ship."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Jvc / Xrcd
UPC: 0693692000528
catalogNumber: 5

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen Lundy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Kelley   Cello
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Cedar Walton   Piano
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
John Clayton   Bass
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Nathan East   Electric Bass
Ernest Ehrhardt   Cello
Henry Ferber   Violin
Gary Herbig   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Ruth Johnson   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Buell Neidlinger   String Bass
Don Palmer   Violin
Ralph Penland   Drums
Jay Rosen   Violin
James Ross   Viola
Margaret Storer   String Bass
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Pip Clarke-Ling   Violin
Norman Ludwin   String Bass
Fred Seykoura   Cello
Shari Zoppert   Violin
Margaret Edmondson   Cello
Keiko Elegino   Viola
Marc Sazer   Violin

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Cootie Williams   Composer
Carmen Lundy   Arranger,Composer,Paintings
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Clayton   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Tommy Wolf   Composer
Jules Chaikin   String Contractor
Fran Landesman   Composer

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