Alexia Gardner | A Little Closer: Live At the Birds Eye Jazz Club

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A Little Closer: Live At the Birds Eye Jazz Club

by Alexia Gardner

Guitar, Bass and Voice. This is a sophisticated, live Jazz recording at one of Switzerlands leading Jazz Clubs. Two guys on strings and one girl on the vocals. Swinging!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everything Must Change (Live)
4:11 $0.99
2. There'll Never Be Another You (Live)
2:48 $0.99
3. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Live)
5:53 $0.99
4. At Last (Live)
4:15 $0.99
5. Jump In (Live)
3:24 $0.99
6. Illusions (Live)
5:23 $0.99
7. Turn Your Lights Down Low (Live)
5:47 $0.99
8. Stormy Weather (Live)
5:21 $0.99
9. My Favorite Things (Live)
4:57 $0.99
10. Black Coffee (Live)
6:45 $0.99
11. A Little Closer (Live)
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Here we have Beat Baumli on guitar, Lorenz Beyeler on bass and Alexia Gardner on vocals. The album consits of excerpts of 3 nights at the Birds Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland. Read on for the Linear notes on this sophisticated Live Trio recording.....

Liner Notes provided by Phil Morrison from Brunswick, Georgia in the US. (Bassist/Composer/Songwriter)
All too often we use the phrase "jazz singer" when referring to vocalists who
sing standard tunes from the jazz repertoire. Many are very good singers who
sing in tune and in time with the music.....but to be a true jazz singer, it requires
more. Just listen to songs sung by Ella, Sarah and'll be hearing the
quintessential jazz singer......they set the standard by which others will be judged.

When listening to vocalist, Alexia Gardner, you are reminded of that era when a jazz
singer was just that......someone in that tradition who would take a song and tell its
story musically, respecting the integrity of its original melody, yet using nuanced
phrasing that would be uniquely individual. Add to the mix the element of "swing"
which is the prime ingredient represented in jazz....and you have what Alexia Gardner
gives.....great jazz singing!!

"There'll Never Be Another You" is as standard as you can get when it comes to jazz
tunes yet, Alexia brings a freshness to this tune that few singers would be able to
do. Even the configuration of her rhythm section exemplifies her "out of the box"
approach. With no drummer, these guys are swinging hard and Alexia can hardly
wait to get another "taste" of the tune while they are soloing (notice her occassional
vocal snippets inspired by their solos).

I remember when I first arrived in Shanghai, China and had the pleasure of hearing
Alexia perform in various clubs throughout the city. At that time, she was probably
the only western jazz singer in the city (that I was aware of) and what a joy it was to
hear her capture ballads, belt the blues and romanticize Jobim's bossas. There is
no doubt that she was the "Queen of Jazz" in Shanghai and all the local jazzers
would make it a point to either listen to her perform or ....depending on their musical
level....perform with she would selflessly share her extraordinary gift with the
local folks.

For those jazz aficionados ...or even those who are just lovers of good music, I would
strongly suggest that you treat yourself to hearing one of the true practioners of this
great artform, jazz! Truly a world citizen via Jamaica, England, Asia and Europe....
and a world class jazz singer....Ms Alexia Gardner!

Vocals - Alexia Gardner
Guitar - Beat Baumli
Bass - Lorenz Beyeler
Arrangements - Beat Baumli



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as I said !

Walter Joe Jaun

Just great !
What a shame ! No comments now ! ! ! So, I will send a thousends of congratulations to You Alexia for realizing this CD, that brings sunshine in my Live by listening every day - . It's just great ! By Heart ! - - - Joe on the hill