2

Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count
Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story Bordeaux-based Sophisticated Ladies joins an illustrious tradition of female jazz group that stretches back several decades to include International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Beryl Booker's Diva trio and its offshoot, FivePlay Jazz Quintet, as well as Japan's Groovin' Girls trio.

Elegant and understated interpretations of standards and chansons, often with Latin hints, make up the quartet's debut, A True Story. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Rachael Magidson accompanies her sublime delivery of lyrics and subtly sensuous voice with exquisite Afro Cuban percussion on "Sophisticated Lady." Her dark and refined flugelhorn also adds a nocturnal mystique to the song. Her gorgeously mellow and fat tone on "Insensatez" blows like a fragrant and heady breeze over the enchanting and atmospheric harmonies. The piece also features conservatory-trained bassist Nolwenn Leizour 's lyrical pizzicato improvisation, backed by pianist Valerie Chane-Tefs sparse notes and drummer Magidson's snare.

Chane-Tef showcases a versatile pianism that ranges from classically influenced, sonata-like sounds on "You Go To My Head" to more up-tempo bossa nova romanticism on "Autumn Leaves." "You Go to Me Head" also features Leizour's percussive bass, while "Autumn Leaves" highlights Emilie Calme's soaring flute acrobatics. Calmé's intricate solo is the highlight of the tango-esque instrumental, "Segment," while her contemplative and exotic side is displayed on "Gone with the Wind" as she switches to an Indian Bansuri bamboo flute. The track also features her deliciously angular duet with Leizour's asymmetric bass lines.

This engaging freshman effort not only highlights the individual talents of the band members but also an impressive camaraderie that causes the music to seamlessly flow from the group's collective performance. The spicing of the record with various ethnic influences makes it even more alluring. Hopefully Sophisticated Ladies' next effort will be a tad longer and fleshed out with more of Magidson's virtuoso playing.

Track Listing: The Lady Is A Tramp; Sophisticated Lady; Autumn Leaves; You Go To My Head; Segment; Gone With The Wind; Insensatez; Dansz Sur Moi.

Personnel: Nolwenn Leizour: bass, vocals; Valerie Chane-Tef: piano, vocals; Rachael Magidson: vocals, percussion, flugelhorn; Emily Calme: flutes, vocals.

Title: A True Story | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Meeting My Shadow CD/LP/Track Review Meeting My Shadow
by James Nadal
Published: July 22, 2017
Read No Secrets No Lies CD/LP/Track Review No Secrets No Lies
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 22, 2017
Read 50 CD/LP/Track Review 50
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Out On The Coast" CD/LP/Track Review Out On The Coast
by Joe Gatto
Published: January 17, 2017
Read "Calvins Toboggan" CD/LP/Track Review Calvins Toboggan
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Chapter Five" CD/LP/Track Review Chapter Five
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Opening Statement" CD/LP/Track Review Opening Statement
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Live in Japan" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Japan
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 5, 2016
Read "O Horizonte" CD/LP/Track Review O Horizonte
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 8, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!