277

Daniela Schachter: Purple Butterfly

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Daniela Schachter: Purple Butterfly A gifted vocalist who just happens to also play the piano quite well, Daniela Schachter conjures up comparisons to the great Diana Krall on Purple Butterfly, an offering of contemporary jazz vocals covered with a bit of honey and a taste of Italy. This Sicilian-born, New York-based artist possesses distinctive high-pitch voice, which she employs on ten alluring songs, voicing lyrics in English and Italian (sung gracefully on the emotive "E Se Domani"). Schachter even serves up a dash of Brazil on the closer, "Lo Sguardo Della Luna."

On this, her third album, Schachter is joined by a stellar supporting cast of top-notch musicians including trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, in-demand tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Quincy Davis. Like most traditional jazz vocal albums, the repertoire contains a good portion of oft-recorded standards, along with a couple of originals. Also included are a couple of Schachter-arranged Chick Corea tunes, providing keyboard work akin to the composer's on "Promise," and scatting vocals on the Frahm-accompanied "500 Miles High."

The music is generally tender and light, using a standard landscape that starts with an emotional reading of Michel Legrand's "I Will Wait For You," featuring Sipiagin in an exquisite solo performance. Schachter's arrangement of Henry Mancini's signature tune, "The Days of Wine and Roses," allows the singer to display her more than ample talents on piano, supported by some more excellent tenor work by Frahm. The familiar "Autumn Leaves" is performed a bit on the speedy side, giving it a different texture that morphs the melody, complete with more scatting and lively solos from Davis, Biolcati and Sipiagin. It does not sound like the original Joseph Kosma tune, but nevertheless commands a certain power.

On Victor Young's classic "Beautiful Love," the last standard of the album, Schachter plays Fender Rhodes and shares the largely instrumental portion of this superb rendition with dicey solo spots from Frahm, Biolcati and Davis.

One listen to Daniela Schachter's Purple Butterfly may be enough to convince those who favor jazz vocals that they have just experienced a special musical statement. This talent-rich vocalist, pianist and composer cements her place in the jazz world with an extraordinary effort.


Track Listing: I Will Wait for You; Days of Wine and Roses; Autumn Leaves; The Peacocks; Promise; 500 Miles High; Purple Butterfly; E Se Domani; Beautiful Love; Lo Sguardo Della Luna.

Personnel: Daniela Schachter: vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet, flugelhorn; Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone; Massimo Biolcati: acoustic bass; Quincy Davis: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Rodeo" CD/LP/Track Review Rodeo
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 7, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "All Terrain Guitar" CD/LP/Track Review All Terrain Guitar
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 31, 2016
Read "Being Playing" CD/LP/Track Review Being Playing
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: April 24, 2016
Read "In For The Out" CD/LP/Track Review In For The Out
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 12, 2016
Read "Signature" CD/LP/Track Review Signature
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!