Tales of the Unusual is an album released in February of 2012, composed of thirteen original compositions with lyrics by Lorraine Feather and music by Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante (of the Grammy-winning group Yellowjackets), Eddie Arkin, Enrico Pireranunzi, Nino Rota, Edvard Grieg and Tony Morales. The theme of the album is unusual people and strange events, some of them inspired by film (“The Usual Suspects”), books (“The Hole in the Map,” which follows the adventures of Amazonian explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett) and television (“Out There,” describing the relationship between lead characters Dana Scully and Fox Mulder on the television show The X-Files.)
This is the second Lorraine Feather album in a row to have received a Grammy nomination; her 2012 Jazzed Media stages-of-life project, Ages, was Grammy-nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. Her 2013 release will continue to center on collaborations with Feather’s three longtime collaborators Berg, Ferrante and Arkin. An additional song is a lyricized version of a movie theme by Dave Grusin, with whom Feather began working in 2012; another has music by Joey Calderazzo.
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live and The Bill Holman Band Hommage) and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat, Bud Shank: Against the Tide, and Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm). Recently, Jazze Carter produced and directed a documentary film on big band jazz legend Woody Herman titled Woody Herman: Blue Flame.
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, Judy Wexler, Matt Wilson, and Denise Donatelli.