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Andrea Wolper: Parallel Lives

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Andrea Wolper isn't just a jazz singer. Hearing her mid-song monologue with bass accompaniment, during her own “The Girls In Their Dresses," makes it clear that she's actually an actress choosing to communicate through the medium of jazz, and an utterly original one at that. On Parallel Lives, Wolper explores the music of Joni Mitchell, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, and Duncan Sheik, to name just a few, and she brings a dramatic flair to the work of each and every ...

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Take Five With Andrea Wolper

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Meet Andrea Wolper: Jazz / improvising vocalist and songwriter. Leads her own groups performing her arrangements of originals, standards, and music from other sources. Also part of TranceFormation with Connie Crothers and Ken Filiano, and Objects in Mirror, with Adam Caine, Fung Chern Hwei, and Ken Yamazaki. Instrument(s):Voice.Your sound and approach to music:My approach is to embrace, as much as possible, whatever music I'm drawn to, without judgment...to be as generous as ...

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Andrea Wolper: The Small Hours

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On this very soothing collection of twelve passionate songs, vocalist Andrea Wolper delivers the lyrics with meticulous phrasing, allowing every word to curl oh-so-slowly off her tongue. Accompanying her on perhaps the most emotion-laden track, “Night Time Was My Mother," are trumpeter Frank London, who plays alongside every syllable, and bassist Ken Filiano. Victor Lewis and Jamey Haddad, who split the drumming duties, also make key contributions.

“You and the Night and the Music" differs from most of the selections ...

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Helen Merrill: Lilac Wine; Andrea Wolper: The Small Hours

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Helen Merrill Lilac Wine Sunnyside 2005

Listen carefully to Helen Merrill's phrasing as she revisits “Lilac Wine , a song she first recorded in the '50s. “...I think I'm ready for my love... It's her ever-so-delicate emphasis of “ready which makes the impassioned state she's in so clear. Always at her own particular pace and tempo, Merrill's ability to express emotional nuances is an essential element in the alluring mystery of her singing. It ...

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Andrea Wolper: The Small Hours

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The title of The Small Hours suggests an obvious comparison. Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours was one of those early Capitol Records “concept" albums--a mastepiece, one of the finest three or four vocal sets ever produced--that featured a downtempo, melancholy mood wrapped in some of Nelson Riddle's most subtle arrangements (with strings) on record.Vocalist Andrea Wolper's second record has a similar mood as the similarly-titled classic, with excellent but spare arrangments on a set of moody, ...