Friday, August 16, 2013

Lili Anel I Can See Bliss From Here 2013


A uniquely gifted artist that is raw, ethereal and incredibly real. Lili sounds like no one but herself, a rare gift in an industry of clones.
Brent Black / Not Just Jazz

New sounds, new songs, and new ways of presentation. I am on a musical quest.
Having ranted on the evils of social media more times than I have space to list there are those small glimpses of humanity that when they make themselves known you begin to get a true appreciation of whether the artist is real or a manufactured entity coming straight from the board room table. Lili Anel and I Can See Bliss From Here is a reaffirmation that the elusive search for artistic bliss is a never ending journey. Whether you are a vocalist, an instrumentalist or you slap letters together in random order in an attempt to get a little wood on the ball in sharing an artistic perspective, Lili Anel is that sonic soul shower we all need on occasion.

Is Lili Anel jazz? Not really, but what is jazz? Improvisational phrasing and technique can be argued to death. Arbitrary labels such as nu-jazz and neo-soul are but a feeble attempt made to pigeon hole some artists including Lili Anel with the bottom line being that labels are best served on cans of soup. Anel is a critics worst nightmare, a corporate critics worst nightmare as she effortlessly transcends genre with an earthy quality to her vocals and sincerity in her approach. Nothing pretentious, phony or contrived with I Can See Bliss From Here. Sounds like? Herself...Artistic comparisons are inherently unfair but...imagine the tone of an Anita Baker merged with the soul of a Meshell Ndegeocello, you would be in the ball park.

I don't do traditional reviews, there is nothing traditional about me. I talk about sound, the manipulation of sound, soul, and the satisfying end result. The great comedian Martin Mull once stated writing about music is like dancing with architecture.
Lili Anel is a lyrical poet that not only connects from a pure lyrical point of view with I Can See Bliss From Here but she has a magical ability to turn into a melodic chameleon, effortlessly shifting color and textures with the simple power of a voice unadorned with the vocal pyrotechnics more closely associated with the American Idol set.

Lili is incredibly comfortable with who she is and where she is going. She embraces the creative moment in its completeness. Having worked in production with American Idol Season 8, I consider myself an official graduate of the Simon Cowell school of talent evaluation. Passing critical review on any artist should never take more than :30 to make the very basic determination of what is good. The underlying concept here is what is good does not always translate into what is commercial. In this case, Lili Anel takes the basic concept of good and commercially viable to that rarefied air of sonic bliss every artist longs to achieve.

Music is a business. A brutal unforgiving soul siege that much like life is tough to explain but the ride is at times a microcosm of joy, pain, and awareness that we all seek. 

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Tracks: Climb The Wall; Something To Do; Blindsided; Living For Today; Best Part Of Me; Go Home; Losing My Faith; Got Me Thinkin'; Out Of Control; This Love Is Over; Blindsided #2; Today.

Personnel: Lili Anel: Vocals, Acoustic and Gretsch Electric Guitar; Bill Zeno: Upright Bass; Dale Melton: Grand Piano; Hammond Organ Telecaster Guitar; Charlie Patierno: Drums; Tom Hampton: Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom Guitar, Resonator; Fred Berman: Drums; Mike Kurman: Bass; Chico Huff: Bass; Ben Wittman: Drums, Percussion; Kevin Hanson: Nylon String Guitar; Charlie Alletto: Cuban Tres Guitar; Yasuyo Kimura: Congas, Bongos, Guiro; Victor Rendon: Timbales; Patrick Hughes: Trumpet; David Fishkin: Alto Saxophone; Steven Gokh: Tenor Saxophone; Larry Toft: Trombone