Saturday, May 23, 2020

CD Review: Jenny Davis, "Rearranged"





Composer, Arranger, Bandleader and Jazz Vocalist, Jenny Davis has just released her 4th album as a leader.  This CD spotlights Jenny Davis' brilliant Composing talents along with her polished and sensitive vocal abilities.  Davis composed and arranged eight of the 11 tracks on this CD.  The music and lyrics on these wonderful Davis compostions are the result of over 20 years of study and performing that deeply reflect the experiences of her activist life.  The quality of her music stands on its own but the addition of her sensitive lyrics puts these songs in a special master-class level.  According to Davis, "Being a composer is about more than creating amazing music.  It's also an opportunity to reach the hears and minds through the metaphysical power of the music".  When you listen to the songs on this CD, I am sure you will agree that this mission was accomplished!

Davis has gathered an outstanding group of musicians to join her on this CD project.  Leading the way is three-time Grammy-nominated Brazilian Pianist, Composer and Arranger, Jovino Santos Neto.  He is a long-time Music Director of the Hermeto Pascoal Band and has also collaborated with symphonic orchestras in the US and Europe.  His piano performance is perfect for Davis' music and voice as you will hear on the attached cuts from the CD.   The work and planning that went into the creation of this CD was massive and has resulted in a beautiful musical event for anyone that listens to it.

Playlist:
1. "Accptar"
2. "And What IF I Don't"
3. "Come With Me"
4. "Rearranged"
5. "Yeoman Warders"
6. "Invitation"
7. "Saying Yes"
8. "Calling You"
9. "Answer The Call"
10. "Gemini Tango"
11. "Wise Up"
12. "Rearranged"  Live Performance by the Sirius String Quartet

Players:
1. Jenny Davis-Vocals/ Compositions  
2. Jovino Santos Neto-Piano
3. Chuck Deardorf-Bass
4. Jeff Busch- Drums
5. Kurt Festinger-Tenor Sax
6. Dimitri Matheny-Flugelhorn
7. Mark Taylor-Alto Sax
8. Heather Bentley-Viola/Violin 
9. David Lange-Accordian

The Yeoman Warders Sax Quar,tet:
1. Kate Olsen-Soprano
2. Mark Taylor-Alto
3. Cynthia Mullis-Tenor
4. Jim Dejoie-Baritone

Additional Vocals:
1. Lorrie Ruiz
2. Vanessa Littrell     


I had a really hard time deciding what songs from this CD to attach because the playlist is so outstanding.  I have selected two Jenny Davis originals for you to experience.  The first one is "Aceptar" that will let you experience the wonderful piano work from the Jovino Santos Neto Trio.  The second is the title track "Rearranged".  Both are great compositions and joyous music!  I also want to recommend that you buy this CD and listen to Davis' performance on the song "Invitation".  This song written by Bronislau Kaper has always been one of my favorite songs and Davis' arrangement is terrific.

                                                              "Aceptar"

                                                              "Rearranged"

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CD Review: Jenny Davis, "Rearranged"

Composer, Arranger, Bandleader and Jazz Vocalist, Jenny Davis has just released her 4th album as a leader.  This CD spotlights Jenn...