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Track Listings (See Liner notes below for audio samples):
1) Summertime Prelude/Summertime; 2) Lil’’ Darlin; 3) All Directions; 4) Today; 5) (Back To The) Red Clay; 6) Cry Me A River; 7) Choices; 8) Humdrum Blues; 9) Things We Said Today; 10) An Elegant Tale; 11) Like A Wind.
Kaylé Brecher, vocals, percussion;Tony Miceli, vibes; Frank Butrey, guitar; Harry Salloti, tuba; David Dzubinski, Michael Louis Frank, piano; Howie Thompson, Micah Jones, Vince Fay, Chico Huff, bass; Edgardo Cintron, Armen Halburian, percussion; Bill Jones, Grant MacAvoy, Tom Poitras, drums.
Kaylé Brecher's 'Urban Objects'
Liner Notesby Harvey Pekar
Kaylé Brecher continues to impress as a top notch vocalist and composer-arranger. She's impressive singing everything from ballads to up tempo swingers. Kaylé is an exceptional stylist who can dramatize, personalize and bring to life lyrics, as well as scatting inventively and fluently. And check out her ingenious, economical charts; she gets a lot of music from a handful of instrumentalists, and quite proficient instrumentalists, by the way. Among the impressive soloists is guitarist Frank Butrey, vibist Tony Miceli and pianists David Dzubinski and Michael Frank.
Brecher deserves a great deal of credit for putting this CD together so
intelligently. Her excellent singing, of course, contributes much to its
success, but the thought and work she's put into making each track distinctive
and memorable, her fresh arrangements and compositions and astute selection of
musicians should be recognized as well.
On Summertime Kaylé artfully demonstrates a variety of abilities. The rubato prelude section features her sultry vocal work, followed by a bass vamp leading to a swinging up tempo section during which she turns in energetic wordless, hornlike improvisation with her own distinct flair.
Blues Kaylé pays homage to Sheila Jordan. Sheila recorded this tune on
her debut album many years ago. and here Brecher takes that same arrangement,
embellishes it with more instruments, a slightly altered mood, and adds her own
personality. The result is a treat.
An Elegant Tale is a delightful and intelligent Brecher composition in which she has infused into the drum set traditional West African rhythms interspersed with straight out swing sections. Drummer Bill Jones executes all this with impeccable energy. All the other percussion on this tune is played by Brecher, and note the excellent diction of her singing and her sophisticated lyrics.
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