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Bye Bye Blackbird by Laila Biali

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Album Title: Your Requests
Empress Music Group (North America) / ACT Music (Europe) / CORE PORT (Japan)
Released: 2023

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About the Album

For the first time in more than 10 years, multi award winner Laila Biali returns to the Great American Songbook to launch her latest release: Your Requests. Widely recognized for her original material including the SOCAN Hagood Hardy Songwriting Award in 2020, this shift back to classic jazz repertoire was prompted by Laila’s delight in fulfilling the song requests of her fans. When Laila asked her social media followers what tunes they’d like to hear her cover, more than 150 songs were submitted. Your Requests debuts the first collection of Laila’s dynamic and personal arrangements in response to her listeners, which she describes as a musical love letter to them. It features guest vocalist Kurt Elling, clarinetist Anat Cohen, harmonica star Grégoire Maret, plus tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, bassist George Koller, drummers Larnell Lewis and Ben Wittman, and others. Bye Bye Blackbird features solos by Kelly Jefferson and Larnell Lewis.

Tracks

Bye Bye Blackbird; Blame It On My Youth; But Not For Me; My Funny Valentine; My Favorite Things; Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars); Pennies from Heaven; Autumn Leaves; The Nearness of You; All the Things You Are.

Personnel

Laila Biali
piano and vocals
Kurt Elling
vocals
Anat Cohen
clarinet
Gregoire Maret
harmonica
Kelly Jefferson
saxophone, tenor
George Koller
bass, acoustic
Sam Yahel
organ, Hammond B3
Michael Davidson
vibraphone
Maninho Costa
percussion

Additional Personnel

Kelly Jefferson: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophones; George Koller: bass; Larnell Lewis: drums; Ben Wittman: drums, percussion; Maninho Costa: percussion; Sam Yahel: Hammond B3 (2); Anat Cohen: clarinet (3); Kurt Elling: vocals (4); Emilie-Claire Barlow: vocals (5); Grégoire Maret: harmonica (6); Caity Gyorgy: vocals (7).

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Date featured

September 1, 2023

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