Amber Whitlock | The Colours Of Life

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The Colours Of Life

by Amber Whitlock

STYLE...An Eclectic blend of Contemporay Jazz & Old School Soul featuring Michael Brecker,Vinnie Colaiuta,Anthony Jackson,Scott Henderson,and Jim Gilstrap (on vocals).
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Colours Of Life
7:13 $0.99
2. This Is Where My Heart Leads
5:25 $0.99
3. Queen Of Mediocrity
5:58 $0.99
4. Betcha By Golly Wow
6:33 $0.99
5. Until Now
6:21 $0.99
6. Lay Your Hands On Me
3:49 $0.99
7. When She Loved Me
3:13 $0.99
8. Too Cool To Fool
5:40 $0.99
9. When I Look In Your Eyes
7:00 $0.99
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Amber Whitlock, an East Coast transplant from Miami & the D.C. area is currently based in Southern California. A jazz singer by genre, her voice is creamy & reaching and she has been known to bring feelings to the surface that you didn't know you were having. She enjoys marrying the singing styles of classic singers like Billie Holiday & Diana Krall with the creativite writing of the likes of Joni Mitchell & Sting.
Amber is writing and producing partner to Jazz Keyboardist Rob Whitlock for their many projects along the way, as well as being his wife. A session singer since the mid seventies, Amber has been singing Jazz and Popular music for years and is well seasoned and mature in her approach.
Her debut release cd "The Colours of Life" includes original songs as well as covers of "Betcha' By Golly Wow" the old Philly Sound classic, "When She Loved Me" by Randy Newman, and a unique version of "When I Look In Your Eyes" from the original Dr. Doolittle musical, with an incredible & unusual solo from Anthony Jackson on bass.
Original song "Queen of Mediocrity", features guitar god Scott Henderson tearing a hole through the dark corners of your brain. And Jazz great Michael Brecker joins Amber on the title cut playing with such soul that it permeates your very existence. Rob teams up with Amber and accoustic bassist Trey Henry to underscore with tenderness and simplicity "When She Loved Me", an almost classical endeavor. Other songs include a gorgeous gospel choir of LA's top singers & a vocoder solo by Rob, playing along with friend & guitarist Brian Price.
Having enlisted the immeasurable talent of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, tasteful grooves on the title song, ballads and even one song in seven are delivered; reminding one why Sting, Faith Hill & Frank Zappa, among others, count Vinnie as their favorite drummer. Cliff Almond, also one of the nations powerhouse drummers, is one with Anthony whether playing swing, salsa, fusion or pop. Here he rocks out on "Too Cool To Fool" and instills mystery and vision into "When I Look In Your Eyes".
There are two Old School Duets featured, the first with Jim Gilstrap of Stevie Wonder fame ( "You are The Sunshine of My Life" ). Jim always brings it on home the very first time around with his warm rich baritone voice, and luscious falsetto. "Until Now" features a favorite partner of Amber's, Leonard Tucker, who blends with her like milk with honey for a playful romp echoing the classic group SEA BREEZE.
The cd is reminiscent of the warm sounds of the 70s and early 80s old school soul and jazz, and can be listened to intently for nuance of musicianship, or used as a soundtrack to your own busy life. Either way the sounds and songs are soothing, inspiring and haunting.
Influences include: Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and many others.
Currently Amber is listening to Diana Krall, Nora Jones and Madeline



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Rob Keiter

Awesome Album
What can you say! Without a doubt, Amber Whitlock is one of the most gifted and passionate vocalists singing today. She is surrounded by a stellar group of musicians and holds her own on this incredible project. Everyone should own this album!