DownBeat Editors' Pick: January 2021
Renowned jazz vocalist Janis Mann
teams up once again with world-class pianist Kenny Werner
for Dreams of Flying
. For this, her eighth album, Janice chose a mesmerizing collection of modern standards from the New American Songbook. Songs by Joni Mitchell
, Paul Simon
, Stevie Wonder
, Jimmy Webb, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mandel
, Blossom Dearie
and others get the rich interpretations they deserve in this unforgettable recording.
Janis Mann: vocals
Kenny Werner: piano Drew Gress
: bass Duduka Da Fonseca
: drums Larry Koonse
Proceeds from all CD Sales will go to provide music therapy for people with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Following the success of their last album together, Celestial Anomaly
, renowned Los Angeles
-based vocalist Janis Mann and New York master pianist Kenny Werner decided to collaborate on a new project which ended up encompassing both East and West coasts.
After a club date at Kitano in NYC, Janis and Kenny gathered up all-stars bassist Drew Gress and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca (of Trio da Paz) and headed over to Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens for a memorable recording session. They followed up a few years later with an extraordinary live concert at Capitol Studios in Hollywood that featured Janis and Kenny with virtuoso guitarist Larry Koonse. The result of both these sessions is the new release Dreams of Flying
Janis draws on her New York City
roots together with her elegant jazz background to reshape these songs with her masterful vocals. Her readings combine brilliantly with Kenny Werner’s breathtaking and dramatic piano stylings. Musically, the album is both haunting and energizing, a true reflection of our current times.The songs take you on an emotional journey that transcends genres and beckon for repeated listening.
Official Release Date: January 1, 2021
Label: Pancake Records
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