Andrea Claburn | Nightshade

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by Andrea Claburn

A tour de force debut album from jazz vocalist/composer/arranger Andrea Claburn, featuring the finest players on the west coast. From hard-swinging to second-line to ska, Andrea emerges as an eclectic, inventive voice of contemporary jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lionheart
3:24 $0.99
2. Bird on a Wire
4:42 $0.99
3. My Favorite Flavor
3:29 $0.99
4. Infinite Wisdom (Echoes of Harlem)
7:01 $0.99
5. Turn out the Stars
4:23 $0.99
6. After You've Gone
3:37 $0.99
7. Skylark
5:39 $0.99
8. I Can't Help It
3:45 $0.99
9. The Fall of Man
4:03 $0.99
10. Daybreak
3:33 $0.99
11. Colors of Light
4:17 $0.99
12. Steal Away
4:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nightshade captures Andrea Claburn’s eclectic musical sensibility and original musical vision while remaining squarely in the jazz idiom. As sole producer/arranger, she assembled a band that could expand and contract as each arrangement required; as a result, the album has both instrumental variety and a cohesive sound. Featuring an all-star lineup of Bay Area players including Matt Clark (piano), Sam Bevan (bass), Alan Hall (drums), Terrence Brewer (guitars), Erik Jekabson (trumpet & flugelhorn), and John Santos (percussion), the songs are wide-ranging and adventurous, including a four-horn arrangement of Andrea's original composition My Favorite Flavor, and the unexpected combination of string quartet, guitar, bass, and percussion on the elegiac Steal Away.

Lionheart, a Claburn original inspired by the classic McCoy Tyner/John Coltrane collaborations of the mid-1960's, explodes with melodic dynamism and a driving 3/4 groove. My Favorite Flavor, with its upbeat NOLA second line feel, is an ode to the art form she loves: “My organizing metaphor when I sat down to write it was: if jazz were a man, what kind of a song would describe him?” The Fall of Man, a cautionary tale about desire and betrayal, evokes a classic swing-era standard but with a darkly modern edge. The last song on the album, Steal Away, is the outlier: composed as an elegy to Claburn’s parents, who died 18 months apart in 2009 and 2010, the song is wistful with a palpable melancholy and unexpected instrumentation. “It’s a meditation on loss and the ephemeral nature of existence. It’s meant to keep you slightly off–kilter, with 10-bar A sections and a tri-toneat the end of the melodic line. I heard a string quartet in my head when I wrote it, and I was thrilled to have great string players for the recording.” Grammy award-winning violinist Mads Tolling layered both violin and viola parts, and Joseph Hébert, Assistant Principal cello of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, played cello.

The handful of standards that appear on Nightshade were carefully chosen from several of Claburn’s most profound musical influences: Betty Carter (I Can’t Help It); Bill Evans (Turn Out the Stars); and Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark, a song she was drawn to by vocal legend Mark Murphy. Nearly a century after it was first recorded, Andrea re-imagined Turner Layton & Henry Creamer’s After You’ve Gone – one of the few early jazz tunes to become a standard – as a Ska romp. “I always wanted to re-interpret that song with a lot less self-pity and a lot more spite.”

Nightshade also features a lyric version of a composition by Marcus Shelby, one of the Bay Area’s most prominent bandleaders and composers, the jazz waltz Daybreak (original title Blue Monday), and guitar great Pat Metheny’s Timeline appears in lyric form as Bird on a Wire; Andrea wrote the lyrics to both songs.



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