This post looks at 3 new recordings, all of which have love at its core.
Working with her impressive band of co-writers that include Russell Ferrante, Eddie Arkin, Shelly Berg, and Dave Grusin (all but Grusin have been involved as composer and/or musician with Ms. Feather's music for the past 5 albums and he showed up on 2013's "Attachments"), she has created 11 impressive songs, each with its own strength and beauty. If you're a fan you already know to expect the unexpected. The violin of Charles Bisharat makes several appearances and his distinctive sound blends so well with the voice. On "Off-Center", the violin acts as a counterpoint while, on the title track, he wraps his tones around the active rhythm section of bassist Michael Valerio and drummer Michael Shapiro. Guitarist Grant Geissman appears on 3 tracks; his rolling phrases and blues-drenched riffs adds depth to "Big Time" while his acoustic rhythm guitar bounces along ever-so-Brazilian on "Wait For It."
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"Flirting With Disaster" is adult music, music that does not pander to or look down upon its audience but allows listeners to revel in the creative process, how musicians, composers, lyricist, and singer work together to illuminate the complexities of their lives. All of us have had these emotions, have been unable to express them or done so clumsily - that's life. Lorraine Feather continues to grow as a lyricist, vocalist, arranger, performer and human being. Her music not only resonates but also brings joy.
For more information, go to www.lorrainefeather.com.
A touch of Americana and psychedelia enters into the mix of "Little Compartments", a track that features the 2 bassists and a trio of background vocalists that include Ms. Reinhert's contemporaries, Jo Lawry, Shayna Steele and Sarah Tolar. The vocal trio returns on on "Without A Fight", a sweet ballad that opens with just voice and guitar. Nudity enters this track as well but the piece is really about what one really wants out of life. The angelic voices appear on the top of each chorus. Ms. Lawry is the only "extra" voice on "Paper Bag", yet another reminder of how hard it is to get through certain day and how one needs to dig deep. Cellist Jody Redhage makes the first of her 2 appearances on the track strictly in a supportive role beneath the voce on the chorus. Her "deep" tones are more noticeable on "Prison", blending with the stark piano chords and synth moans. The "country" feel of the piece comes from the fine slide guitar work of Smith. He's the unsung hero of the program - Cook's keyboard work is quite good as well but the guitarist often is the one who creates or interprets the mood of the song and of the vocalist. Minaie and Pederson is the rhythm section Smith worked with on his 2013 debut on BJU Records so the familiarity breeds freedom (knowing the musicians have each other's backs).
Over the course 13 tracks, Kat Reinhert reveals much about the lot of a contemporary artist as well as how one deals with relationships in hectic lives. One of the strengths of this album is that one has to listen a number of times to hear the stories, the intelligent arrangements, the plethora of fine solos (bassist Minaie stands out as do the afore-mentioned Cook and Smith), and the fine vocals. Though the sparkler Ms. Reinhert holds out on the CD cover will burn out quickly, the music contained on "Spark" will last much longer.
The album hits the streets o 8/21/15 - for more information, go to www.katreinhert.com.
"Crazy Moon" is a solid and smart debut enlivened by the strong musicianship and good choice of material. At times, it sounds like Mark Christian Miller should have had an audience for these performances because the enthusiasm of an audience for good songs often adds adrenalin to the performers. Give a listen below: