“ESSENCE” by Australian Vocalist Ingrid James


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By Aparna Datta

Lay back, put up your feet, close your eyes, and enter a classic jazz club from the mid 50's as you listen to Ingrid James new CD “Essence." Ingrid James of Brisbane, Australia brings her eloquent vocals to this familiar ten-song set. She is able to move seamlessly between songs by songwriters who are diverse, and by adding her own heart felt vocals the songs are completely reformed. The sounds of these songs will have listeners wondering if they are really hearing old classics or completely new songs. Renditions of songs are common; however when a vocalist such as Ingrid can make the song sound completely new you sometimes forget what the original even sounded like.

Ingrid’s treatment of “You don’t know what love is” is sultry and filled with passionate vocals. Sounds of harmonized conversations with the instrumentalists takes place as Ingrid’s passionate long notes are kept streaming from instrument to instrument.

The rendition of “Love for Sale” is one to keep your ears open for. All the instruments are combined together as her vocals stand out with a deep intensity.

While listening to this CD you would think that the band had been together for many years; however the truth is this album required no rehearsals. The melodic sounds of Adrian Cunningham’s tenor saxophone, flute, and clarinet add a spicy flavor to each song as no other saxophonist or clarinetist can. His unique sound is one that can be recognized instantly. Matt Baker adds his amazing pianist talents to this album, sounding more subtle, and played with more finesse than any piano session you have heard before. A beautiful rendition of “My Funny Valentine” highlights the talents that flows from his fingers. Owen Newcomb on acoustic bass is smooth. He keeps the bands rhythm jumping in “I’m old Fashioned,” and going smoothly throughout the other songs. John Parker on drums and percussion wraps around this amazing group of talent, keeping it together as he sits in the background throughout each song. For something classic and familiar, yet at the same time modern and new the CD “Essence” is a must have.

To purchase this CD or to read more about Ingrid James visit: www.ingridjames.com

Aparna Datta is a published Music Journalist & Music Promotions Specialist who provides Promotional and Marketing services to Musicians and companies worldwide. To contact her view her website at: www.aparnadatta.com

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