Vocalist/songwriter showcases trademark acoustic smashing" technique with songs from current album and a preview of tunes from upcoming holiday release
Vocalist and songwriter JACQUI NAYLOR will perform at the Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 8pm and 10:30pm. Tickets are $20 at a table, $10 at the bar. For more information, visit www.bluenote.net. At this performance, Naylor will sing the music from her acclaimed album, The Color Five, as well as select songs from her previous four recordings. She will also give fans a preview of her upcoming holiday release, Smashed for the Holidays, which will arrive in stores on October 9, 2007. This album includes originals, covers, and a number of Naylor's trademark acoustic smashes" but with a holiday twist - she sings Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" over the groove of Sweet Home Alabama" on one of the disc's standout tracks.
For her most recent release, The Color Five, Naylor incorporated many different calculations of the number 5." There are five musicians on the record: Naylor on vocals, Art Khu on piano and guitar, Jon Evans on bass, Josh Jones on drums, and Yoon Ki Chai on violin. The song selection is also broken down into groups of five; there are five originals (all co-written by Naylor and Khu), five impeccably-chosen covers, and five of Naylor's trademark acoustic smashes," where she sings a classic rock tune over a jazz standard or vice versa. For example, Naylor sings the U2 favorite I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" over the music of Miles Davis' All Blues" - which they've done here in 5/4 time. Appropriately, the CD clocks in at 55 minutes and 55 seconds.
The record's first acoustic smash," is Naylor singing Rod Stewart's Hot Legs" over fellow Buddhist Herbie Hancock's Cantaloupe Island." The other acoustic smashes" on The Color Five are just as fun and surprising. The Gershwins' Summertime" is served up over The Allman Brothers' Whipping Post" in a blend that must be heard to be believed. Likewise, Naylor takes the upbeat vibe of Lee Morgan's Sidewinder" and gives us an even more gender-bending version of The Kinks' Lola."
The album starts off with a stunning arrangement of the timeless Rodgers and Hart gem Blue Moon," which serves as a great introduction to the varied textures and nuances that make this singer's voice so unique. Naylor also leads the band on a Brazilian journey with a bossa nova rendition of R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion" and gives the Cole Porter standard Love For Sale" a funky makeover by smashing it with Bill Withers' Use Me." Naylor chose to include Here's To Life" in tribute to the late Shirley Horn, one of her major inspirations as a vocalist.
Naylor's original compositions likewise showcase an impressive range of genre and influence. Sit And Rest A While" is breezy and easy going while Angel of Mine" is a beautiful ballad. Easy Ride From Here" can bring to mind the music of such diverse artists as Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, or Aimee Mann.
Naylor and her band are currently on tour in the US and around the world. For updates, visit www.jacquinaylor.com.
WHO: JACQUI NAYLOR AND HER TRIO
WHAT: PERFORMING THE MUSIC FROM THE COLOR FIVE AND PREVIEWING MUSIC FROM SMASHED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
WHERE: BLUE NOTE, 131 WEST THIRD STREET, (212) 475-8592
WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 AND WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2007 AT 8PM AND 10:30PM