Best Jazz Vocal Album
Lyricist/jazz singer Lorraine Feathers Attachments was released in August of 2013. The album consists of collaborations with Lorraine Feathers three longtime co-writers Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante and Eddie Arkin. One additional song is an adaptation of a movie theme by Dave Grusin (Memphis Stomp, from The Firm), with whom Feather began working in 2012; another is a Grusin arrangement of Bachs Air on the G String with Feathers added lyrics. Attachments also includes a lyricized version of Joey Calderazzos La Valse Kendall, from Calderazzos album with Branford Marsalis, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy.
Feather has released nine albums in the last dozen years, the first of which was New York City Drag, an all-Fats Waller album with her added lyrics, and accompaniment by pianists Dick Hyman and Mike Lang. She did a similar treatment with Ellington material on her 2005 release Such Sweet ThunderMusic of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Her last three solo albums (Ages, Tales of the Unusual and Attachments) have focused heavily on songs written with living jazz composers, and were all Grammy-nominated. In 2013, Feather also released Fourteen, under the duo name Nouveau Stride, with young St. Louis stride piano phenomenon Stephanie Trick.
Feathers albums have garnered extraordinary press. All Music Guide has called her easily one of the most creative lyricists of her generation; Down Beat has deemed her enchanting, exceptional and extraordinary; The New York Times has praised the conversational ease, zany observations and antic playfulness that characterize her live performances.
Critical Praise for Attachments:
Her most impressive album to date.
- Christopher Loudon, Jazz TimesReal poetry ... moving into very deep emotional spaces
- Lynn René Bayley, FanfareFive stars. A perfect album from a brilliant, multi-talented artist ...
- Rad Bennett, Soundstage Experience
A masterful wordsmith ... a sublime vocal talent
- Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz
Another exceptional work ... brainy enunciation and brilliant observations
- Jordan Richardson, Something Else Reviews
Strange ... marvelous ... breathtaking
- Steve Horowitz, PopMattersJazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, CO, metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live and The Bill Holman Band Hommage) and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat, Bud Shank: Against the Tide, and Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm). Recently, Carter produced and directed a documentary film on big band jazz legend Woody Herman titled Woody Herman: Blue Flame. www.jazzedmedia.com