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Laura Furci is many things. She is a classically-trained pianist, vocalist and composer with a musical vision that penetrates well beyond the artistic horizon we currently realize. Innovation has a cutting edge where the particles of creativity turn in upon themselves and it is on this almost theoretic wave where Furci is most comfortable surfing. Young, beautiful, talented, technically accomplished, organically creative, Furci is a Renaissance woman. Her second recording, following the 2010 EP Out of My Comfort Zone (Magnetica), is the fully realized Think Con La Tua Cabeza: a provocative array of musics and sounds, freshly presented.
Furci runs a full gamut from the edgy, adult-contemporary "Positive Side" with its Beatles references among an inventive horn chart to the sharp and angular "Think For Yourself" scored for piano, corn flakes and pots and pans. Furci goes polyglot on "La Cosa" and "Tutto Sembra," the former sporting an inventive strings chart while the latter contains a whiff of Latin piano coupled with contemporary vocal and instrumental flourishes. She updates "Comfort Zone" from her previous EP of the same title, polishing all of its edges to a high sheen with strings. The evolution is exciting and shows Furci developing from a more traditional jazz vocalist to something novel and aesthetically pleasing.
Furci's talent, in both depth and breadth, was tailor made for the multimedia age we enjoy. Her creativity extends well beyond the aural into both the physical and metaphysical. Her's is smart music played smartly, easily enjoyed by the broadest audience. Furci has come along way in the last three years and it can only be pure fun to see where she goes.
Track Listing: Positive Side; Live The Question; Think For Yourself; La Cosa; Comfort
Zone; Love Secret; pinsir; tutto sembra; By Shy Tomorrow; Milagrosa:
Pink Cloud; Sunny Day; Effect With No Cause; Not Interchangeable.
Personnel: Laura Furci: vocals, piano, cornflakes; Ugonna Okegwo: acoustic bass;
Colin Stranahan: drums, pots, pans; Michael League: electric bass,
guitar, Rhodes, pots, pans; Chris Bullok: clarinet, bass clarinet;
Mike Haher: trumpet; Matt Mclaughin: French horn; Natalie Cressman:
trombone; Maria Im: first violin; Tomoko Omura: first violin, second
violin; Fung Chern Hwei: second violin; JY Lee: cello; Zack Brock: all
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.