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Lisa Kirchner: Something to Sing About (2011)

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The first thing that distinguishes Lisa Kirchner's Something to Sing About is her repertoire: not a jazz standard pass her vocal cords; instead, she presents a collection of 20th Century American "Art Songs" composed my the likes of Charles Ives
Charles Ives
Charles Ives
1874 - 1954
composer/conductor
, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland, and William Bolcom. An eclectic band supports Kirchner, conspicuously present is accordionist William Schimmel, who also provides the sly "Suicide in C Minor."

"Suicide in C Minor" is a cabaret song gone dark, like Kurt Weill meeting Tennessee Williams, having too many highballs and scoring a Wiemar Berlin Operetta. The arrangement recalls pianist Uri Caine
Uri Caine
Uri Caine
b.1956
piano
's fantasies, where he mashes up genre and instrumentation in interesting and provocative ways. Kirchner sings this lyrical train wreck straight, her voice mature and cultured, and well-rounded for such show tunes. Sherman Irby
Sherman Irby
Sherman Irby
b.1968
saxophone
also plays a brightly abstract alto saxophone on the piece, adding to its otherworldliness.

Personnel: Lisa Kirchner: vocals; William Schimmel: accordion; Xavier Davis: piano; Vicente Archer: bass; Ron Jackson: guitar; Willie Jones,III: drums; Sherman Irby: alto saxophone.

Record Label: Albany Records

Style: Vocal


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