All About Jazz: Congratulations on the new album Bloom, Cindy. How did this project come together and how did you find yourself working with producer Michael Broening?
Cindy Bradley: I had been in touch with Trippin n Rhythm records a few times on and off over the years, through a former manager of mine. I was looking for a record label that was willing to break in a new artist. As you can imagine, there's not many labels willing to take the risk of investing in someone that's not already established.
Trippin n Rhythm decided they saw something in me and decided to take the plunge and invest in this project. Jeff Lunt, who is the vice-president of Trippin n Rhythm and also handles A&R, agreed to oversee the project and got a dialogue going with Michael Broening. He put this incredible team together along with Michael, who is a Grammy winning producer (for his work with George Benson).
AAJ: This is actually your second album. What is the difference between your first album Just A Little Bit (self-produced, 2007) and Bloom?
CB: Wow. There's a ton of difference between the first album and this one. My first album was really a project I did by myself over a number of years. I used my friends and musicians that I played with and I wrote it while I was in college. It's a compilation of some of the work I did by myself. This project is with a great producer and label behind me.
I got to write with Michael and have some great musicians on the CD and the difference between the two albums speaks for itself. I am proud of the first album because I did it myself, but this one is the evolution of myself as an artist, which is why we called it Bloom.
AAJ: Was it at all intimidating for you to walk into the studio with a Grammy-winning producer and all these accomplished musicians who didn't know you or what you could do?
CB: Yes and no. I can't say it wasn't intimidating because of the resumes these guys have, but I spent a lot of time in the studio in the past and I'm pretty comfortable there. Michael is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people I've ever worked with, so he took the intimidation right away. Once I worked with the guys, everything just flowed. There was a certain degree of intimidation, but also complete excitement to have this opportunity. There was more being anxious and excited than being intimidated and scared.
AAJ: Is there a particular song on Bloom that you particularly enjoy or that stands out for you?
CB: I do genuinely like all of them so it's hard to pick just one, but the album really shows a lot of different sides of my playing. There's the real sultry flugelhorn tracks which is my favorite stuff to play and there's the real funky tunes with the great grooves and energy. It's kind of the best of both worlds. "Uptown Drive" is my favorite funkier song and "Before I Go" is the most beautiful and passionate.
AAJ: Will you be touring to support the album?
CB: We're in the process of putting a band together on the West Coast to do some upcoming festivals and I'm going to be opening for Warren Hill
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