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Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA

Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA

Genre : Jazz
Catalogue: ODRCD505
UPC: 859689005055
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  1. 01 – Black Nile
  2. 02 – Naima
  3. 03 – Tenderly
  4. 04 – Lela
  5. 05 – Coralie
  6. 05.2 – Coralie solo
  7. 06 – There at the Turnpike
  8. 07 – Basin Street Blues
  9. 08 – Para Ti
  10. 09 – I’m gonna leave you
  11. 10 – Lascia Ch’io Pianga

ALICE ZAWADZKI & DAN WHIELDON – LELA

“Beguiling, unorthodox tunes and pure vocals” – The Independent

“Whieldon is particularly imaginative… a dazzling contribution” – Jazz UK

Celebrated jazz singer Alice Zawadzki and pianist Dan Whieldon have a powerful musical affinity which is palpable throughout this CD. Alice describes their connection as “some kind of telepathy”, a synchronicity which brings stunning musical results.
This collection of songs pay tribute to the styles which have influenced these outstanding musicians. Jazz is at the heart of the disc, but there are nods to classical and continental folk styles as well. The prevailing mood is one of serenity or, in Alice’s words, “heartfelt simplicity”, accentuated by the creation of a spacious sonority combined with the luminosity of Dan Whieldon’s piano playing. Alice has said that she wishes “that anyone listening to our music will be able to take a moment out of their busy life to breathe, and to ebb and flow with us.”
Regularly featured on BBC Radios 2 and 3, Alice Zawadzki has garnered critical acclaim for her versatile and distinctive voice. Both she and Dan Whieldon are classically trained, and have worked with an array of jazz stars, building up an impressive reputation on the international jazz scene. Together they have performed at events from the Manchester International Festival to the Taipei International Jazz Festival.
This CD invites listeners to share the musical intimacy of this exceptional creative partnership. As Alice says: “Some of the first songs I ever learned are on here, and it feels like going home.”

Booklet in English, French and German.
Program notes by … .

Reviews

“Zawadzki’s delicate intonation and boppish nimbleness and Whieldon’s limpid swing… Zawadzki’s sound can be earthy as well as pristine… the musicality of these two glows through.”
The Guardian - John Fordham / 14 January 2016

“Whieldon provides extremely sympathetic accompaniment (with a great sense of time) to Zawadzki’s marvelously expressive, sometimes soulful, but nicely restrained vocals…”
Jazz Journal - Dave Jones / 16 May 2015

“Catholic song selection from Handel to Coltrane, and Carl Raven’s superbly intimate, ringingly atmospheric recording confirm Zawadzki’s fine vocal talent… she’s paired here with pianist Whieldon, a regular, intuitive collaborator. Zawadzki’s also a multi-lingual lyricist, composer and pianist, adding her own words to Coltrane’s ‘Naima’, her vocal floating high, sinking with heartbroken weight, and finishing with piercing power.”
JazzWise Magazine - Nick Hasted / April 2016

“The Alice Zawadzki duo album was recorded at around the same time as her Whirlwind Release for larger forces, China Lane, and includes a bewitching version of Nina Simone/ Rudy Stevenson I’m Gonna Leave You.”
London Jazz / July 2015

01 – Black Nile // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  1. 01 – Black Nile // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  2. 02 – Naima // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  3. 03 – Tenderly // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  4. 04 – Lela // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  5. 05 – Coralie // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  6. 05.2 – Coralie solo // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  7. 06 – There at the Turnpike // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  8. 07 – Basin Street Blues // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  9. 08 – Para Ti // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  10. 09 – I’m gonna leave you // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA
  11. 10 – Lascia Ch’io Pianga // Alice Zawadzki & Dan Whieldon - LELA