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Detour Ahead

by Barbara Ween

A “detour” can be a marvelous fate, a renewal, like a good rain that clears the air - predicament to possibility - and in the recording of this CD, it provided me the good fortune to work with many musicians I love and admire.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of This World
3:22 $0.99
2. That Lucky Old Sun
5:18 $0.99
3. Can't Help Singing
4:01 $0.99
4. Detour Ahead
5:36 $0.99
5. Love Vibrations
4:13 $0.99
6. Sunday in New York
3:18 $0.99
7. To Make You Feel My Love
4:00 $0.99
8. My Romance
4:19 $0.99
9. I Don't Know
4:23 $0.99
10. Creepin'
4:06 $0.99
11. Never Never Land
3:23 $0.99
12. Bernie's Tune
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13. Peace
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Album Notes
When you hear a good singer, you sit back in your seat... and then when you realize that the singer has lived through the music, you sit up in your seat– and that’s a special thing– that’s what you get with the lovely Barbara Ween. I love this album!
- Karrin Allyson

About this CD

This CD offers fresh interpretations of jazz and other standards featuring vocalist Barbara Ween. Two outstanding duo tracks with Barbara and bass on one and with the Hammond B3 on the other, plus several Latin jazz arrangements as well, and with a fantastic array of musicians!

Barbara's Notes

At times, songs seem to find me and unexpectedly provide insight into my own life. Detour Ahead was one of those songs.
Midway through recording this CD, difficult events in my personal life caused a major roadblock in my creative life. For many months this project languished while I tried to piece things together. 

The turn around came one night listening to guitarist Freddie Bryant. He played a tune exactly the way I heard it in my own head. I was so moved. I spontaneously walked up and asked him to accompany me on my CD. With momentum and fresh inspiration, I returned to the studio joined by musicians who have meant so much to me in my musical career. 

We completed the album with enthusiasm and energy. From that point forward the road was smooth and gratifying... no detour ahead.

About Barbara Ween and Guest Artists

Barbara Ween, a jazz vocalist, regularly performs in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Heroes and teachers include Karrin Allyson, Sheila Jordan and Giacomo Gates. She performs on this CD with Jeff D’Antona-piano, Jamie MacDonald-bass, Doug Raneri-drums and special guests Freddie Bryant-guitar, Paul Lieberman-flute, percussion, Joe Belmont-guitar, Bobby (Professor) Ferrier-guitar, Beau Sasser-Hammond B3 organ, Dave Bilodeau-flugelhorn and Dave Wertman-bass

About the Songs

1. Out of This World Music/Lyrics by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
Playing this tune up-tempo gave us a chance to really let go and convey that joyful “aha” moment when love arrives. It became my choice for the first song of the album. Arlen and Mercer got it right!

2. That Lucky Old Sun Music/Lyrics by Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith 
I’m so fond of this tune; it’s my personal anthem as a self-employed person. “Up in the mornin’ and out on the job . . .” poignant  and factual. AND I want to be like that  lucky ol’ sun. 
I kept the focus on the vocal and Jeff D’Antona’s straight-forward opening on keys, Freddie Bryant’s beautiful guitar, and Beau’s B3 organ backing. Reminds me of tunes my Dad loved.

3. Can’t Help Singing Music/Lyrics by Jerome Kern, E. Y. Harburg
I was inspired to record this song after hearing Abbey Lincoln and Hank Jones play it.  It’s hard to believe this tune was originally scored by Jerome Kern for the 1944 western of the same name starring Deanna Durbin! I love the playfulness in the solos in our version. Scatting over these changes was pure joy;  in fact the ending  “scat” is the original take!

4. Detour Ahead Music/Lyrics by Johnny Frigo, Herb Ellis, Lou Carter
This tune kept playing in my head for weeks and then there was Beau sitting in the studio at the B3. We spontaneously did the tune in two takes and kept the best one. This recording project hit a roadblock along the way. The song “detour ahead” became the perfect metaphor for what happened in my life and helped me find my way forward. “I saw the light” as the song says. It was only fitting to use the tune’s title for our CD.

5. Love Vibrations Music/Lyrics by Horace Silver
This Horace Silver tune, not often heard, always vibrates with me. Here Freddie’s guitar brings his Latin muse to the fore. Paul’s flute is spellbinding and Doug put his latin grooves to the drums. Something magical happened as we got caught up in the sound; we all went a little crazy improvising and broke into laughter by the end of the take.

6. Sunday in New York Music/Lyrics by Carroll Oates, Peter Nero
I was inspired to use Bud Powell’s “Parisian Thoroughfare” as an intro thus linking two favorite cities and two favorite songs. The bebop classic’s double-time feel is a surprising start to this great swing tune. Joe Belmont’s guitar solo has that great Wes Montgomery spirit!

7. To Make You Feel My Love Music/Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Sarah Vaughn often took a popular tune and made it her own. I hoped to do that with Dylan’s tender, intimate song. Listening to Bob Ferrier’s guitar, the urge to hum came over me.

8. My Romance Music/Lyrics by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
I’m so happy I brought Paul (flute) in on this session; his passages bring such a spark to this classic we all love. 

9. I Don’t Know Music/Lyrics by Brook Benton, Bobby Stevenson
I invited Dave Wertman, a great friend and musician to do this song with me. It’s was perfect song for us; its introspection is supported by the heart beat of his bass playing. Dave passed away unexpectedly not long after this was recorded. I am so glad we had the chance to record it together.

10. Creepin’ Music/Lyrics by Stevie Wonder
What better way to give a nod to my R&B roots than through a favorite by Stevie Wonder. I like its soft-edged message. We layered it musically with a lot of texture and soulful solos.

11. Never Never Land Music/Lyrics by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne
When I was a kid, I fell in love with Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan.” If a girl character could actually fly, then who knows what else might be possible? “I know a place where dreams are born…” spoke directly to me.

12. Bernie’s Tune Music/Lyrics by Bernie Miller, Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber
In spite of what the lyrics suggest, this tune is not entirely easy to whistle or to sing. However it’s a great one for improvising and scatting! Doug on drums and I start the fun. It features Jeff’s piano and Paul’s flute and a running dialogue between bass and drums. My favorite lyric: “Bernie says you can sing it straight from the heart.”

14. Peace Music/Lyrics by Horace Silver
“When you find peace of mind leave your worries behind...” Wishing all listeners peace and love with this closing song, featuring Freddie Bryant’s mastery of Latin rhythms.



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