There exists in jazz vocals a sub-specialty, those artists who regularly double on an instrument, most often the piano. There are many notable pianist/singers recording, including Patricia Barber, Dena DeRose, Patti Wicks, Harry Connick Jr., Peter Cincotti and Tony DeSare. That is a heady bunch, to be sure. Brenda Earle and John Proulx can now be added to this rich mix of talent.
Canadian musician Brenda Earle brings a fresh perspective to jazz vocals with her self-produced debut recording Songs for a New Day. No mere regurgitation of standards, the album is intent on introducing new into the pool, such as the 2006 Keane recording, "Is it Any Wonder," and Crowded House's 1987 release, "Do Dream It's Over." Earle's Spanish proves impeccable on Marc Anthony's "Vali
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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