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Chasing Hope

by Alexia Gardner and Offbeat Trio

A beautifully crafted recording of familiar Jazz and Blues Standards with a healthy helping of classy original tunes! A vocal performance with the timeless accompaniment of Piano, Bass and Drums.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Forbidden Fruit
Alexia Gardner and Offbeat Trio, Pius Baumgartner
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2. Dont Get Around Much Anymore
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3. Island In The Sun
Alexia Gardner and Offbeat Trio, Paula Gardner, Hope Diamany
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4. Love For Sale
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5. Nearness of You
Alexia Gardner and Offbeat Trio, Pius Baumgartner
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6. Fool On the Hill
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7. Blue Moon
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8. Chasing Hope
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9. Everyday I Have the Blues
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10. Love's Devine
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11. Alvaneu
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12. Moon River
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13. Railroad Track
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14. Mo Betta Blues
Alexia Gardner and Offbeat Trio, Pius Baumgartner
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Alexia Gardner's new album - Chasing Hope - was recorded over two, warm, sunny days in the offBeat Studios of Switzerland’s St Gallen region. This is a gentle departure from Alexia’s first two albums. These were recorded in front of a live audience whilst living and touring Asia . With the new album, Alexia has had the luxury of selecting her musicians and musical standards – old and new – and presenting them in a studio setting.

Chasing Hope moves from straight ahead Jazz to smooth Pop Ballads; from Cole Porter’s, 'Love For Sale' to Seal’s, 'Love Divine', from Rodgers and Hart’s timeless 'Blue Moon', performed in a Latin style, to the smooth rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s, 'The Nearness Of You'. There is also a touch of Gospel and a sprinkling of the Blues!

'Chasing Hope' is the title track and one of the four original tunes featured on the recording. Alexia wrote this tune. It'
is all about a spunky 8-year old girl called Hope. She wrote this tune with gifted New Yorker, Oliver Von Essen, whilst living and touring in Shanghai, China. Have a read about this fascinating little girl called Hope at www.alexiagardner.com

Alexia is joined by the offBeat Trio on this recording, musicians she has been performing with throughout Switzerland (and neighbouring countries) since her move to this country with her husband in late 2006. They are Marcel Schefer on Piano, Kalli Gerhards on Bass and Beat Fraefel-Haering on drums.

Special guests featured on the album are Pius Baumgartner on Tenor Saxophone. He perfroms on Forbidden Fruit, the opening funky, origianal track written by London based, songwriter and pianist, Alex Webb. Pius Baumgartner is also featured on the tracks - 'The Nearness Of You' and Branford Marsalis' 'Mo Betta Blues'. Alexia wrote some lyrics to go hand in hand with this moody, bluesy instrumental classic.

Paula Gardner and Alexia Hope are guest Backing Vocalists on the tune 'Island In The Sun'. This is a tribute to Alexia's Jamaican heritage. Fittingly, these guests are also of Jamaican origin. Paula is Alexia's gifted, younger sister and Alexia Hope is the very same 'Hope' that is the inspiration for the title track 'Chasing Hope'. Alexia's spunky 8 year old niece!

Enjoy every moment! This is truely a smoking cd! It's as warm, sunny and fun as the two warm, sunny days that it took to record this album over in Switzerland's western countryside!

Alexia Gardner is now based in Long Island City, New York where she can absorb the sights and sounds of this most vibrant city on the planet; the birth place of Jazz!


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Thomas

nice feeling of social security and love
Your songs meet the heart and soul. You are able to give a beautiful gift of your love and feelings while you sing.
Your facial expression, your voice, the rhythm and the pauses give us a nice feeling of social security and love.
Artists like you are important and we need them more and more in our society.
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Christine

A True Gem
Alexias’s disctinctive, clear and powerful velvet voice, talented musicians and an excellent selection of songs make this wonderful CD a true gem. A must-have! Sit back, relax and enjoy ... !
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