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Vocalist Lauren Kinhan is the alto quarter of vocal ensemble New York Voices and the leader of two previous solo outings, Hardly Blinking (Orchard, 2000) and Avalon (Koch, 2010). She was most recently hears on New York Voices holiday offering, Let It Snow (Five Cent Records, 2013). Kinhan's solo recordings are all originally composed by the singer making her solo artistic approach different from that of band mate Kim Nazarian and Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne of the The Manhattan Transfer. And Kinhan is quite the songstress to boot..
Employing her long-time core trio of pianist Andy Ezrin, bassist Will Lee and drummer Ben Wittman, Kinhan adds the likes of trumpeter Randy Brecker, whose tart and close open-bell playing gives the production a dry and refined touch. The opening tune is the title piece and is such a perfectly constructed piece with a jazz-pop sensibility, it might be the contemporary missing link of what Frank Sinatra was in the 1940s and '50s.' Kinhan does not belabor the piece with duplicates throughout Circle. Instead, she proceeds through the late-night feel of "Another Hill to Climb" and slick R&B flavored "I'm Looking for That Number." "Pocketful of Harlem" is edgy and modern, instrumentally a showcase for Kinhan's solid alto chimes. This singer's solo recordings stand in fine and forward-thinking contrast to her durable work with New York Voices.
Track Listing: Circle In A Square; My Painted Lady Butterfly; Another Hill To Climb;
Chasing The Sun; I'm Lookin' For That Number One; To Live Or Die;
Pocketful of Harlem; We're Not Going Anywhere Today; Chaussure's
Complex; Bear Walk; Vanity's Paramour; The Deep Within.
Personnel: Lauren Kinhan:vocals; Andy Ezrin: Fender Rhodes; Ben Wittman: Drums &
Percussion; Will Lee: Bass; Randy Brecker: Trumpet; Lauren Kinhan,
Marlon Saunders, Ella Marcus: Background Vocals; David Finck: Bass;
Joel Frahm: Soprano Saxophone; Sara Caswell: 1st Violin, Joseph Brent
2nd Violin; Lois Martin: Viola; Jody Redhage: Cello; Aaron Heick: Alto
Flute; Romero Lubambo: Guitar; Donny McCaslin: Tenor Saxophone; John
Bailey: Flugel Horn; Chuck Loeb: Guitar; Gary Versace: Accordion.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com