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Janis Mann & Kenny Werner - Celestial Anomaly (2013)

17-05-2014, 07:03
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Janis Mann & Kenny Werner - Celestial Anomaly (2013)

Artist: Janis Mann & Kenny Werner
Title Of Album: Celestial Anomaly
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Pancake Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 56:50 Min
Total Size: 141 Mb


1. Still We Dream
2. Come Down in Time
3. Wild Is the Wind
4. Throw It Away
5. You Must Believe in Spring
6. Early Autumn
7. With a Song in My Heart
8. Fragile
9. So in Love
10. Once I Loved
11. If I Loved You
12. I'll Be Seeing You

Five years ago, L.A.-based vocalist Janis Mann paid exquisite tribute to timekeepers, alternating among a quartet of preeminent drummers on A Perfect Time. Now, two albums later, two of the four Roy McCurdy and Joe LaBarbera return for the equally sublime Celestial Anomaly. This time, though, co-billing is ascribed to pianist Kenny Werner. Bassist Hamilton Price, as impressive as his better-known bandmates, completes the rhythm section. Astronomically speaking, the title refers to an apsis, the farthest point between two bodies in elliptical orbit, which seems an odd insinuation. If the two bodies are Mann and Werner, then their union couldn’t be closer a masterful fusion of musical minds. And though Werner’s playing is expectedly brilliant, the entire ensemble, whether anchored by McCurdy or LaBarbera, is tight and interdependent. Mann is often likened to Sarah Vaughan, and certainly shares Sassy’s dark, rich texture and her versatility. But Mann adds an enticing air of mystery, a dusky hint of veiled possibilities. She is not only one of the most skilled vocalists around, but one of the most alluring as well. Her excellent taste in standards here extends from a smoky “So in Love” and an intriguingly propulsive “Early Autumn” to an entrancing “Wild Is the Wind” and spellbinding “Throw It Away.” More contemporary material is as shrewdly interpreted, including gorgeous readings of Elton John’s “Come Down in Time” and Sting’s “Fragile.” (Christopher Loudon)

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