Carri Coltrane is a jazz/pop singer with a dramatic, emotional approach to the modern jazz classics she covers on Flamenco Sketches. And no, she's not related to John Coltrane. But she did, according to press clips, change her name in honor of Trane.
The album is a collaboration between Coltrane and producer Gene McDaniels, a songwriter best known for "Feel Like Makin' Love," a 1974 pop hit for Roberta Flack. All the selections feature lyrics added by McDaniels to such well-known jazz standards as Miles Davis's title cut, Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments," and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." His lyrics are generally poetic and thoughtful, if occasionally grandiose. Coltrane delivers his words in an appropriately quiet, melancholy manner that fits the album's relaxed feel. This is a pleasant, low-key affair that doesn't try to swing too hard.
The instrumental backing, which ranges from fusion to bebop, is provided by some fine musicians including legendary bassist Ron Carter and acoustic guitarist Mark Lucas. McDaniels takes over lead vocal chores on an original number called "Two Hump Ride," a nice-enough New Age pop tune about, I believe, a camel.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.