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Underwood Uncurling

by Belinda Underwood

Fresh renditions of timeless jazz standards and deeply revealing jazz originals. Sultry, hypnotic vocals and vocal improv; frank, emotional original lyrics; all-star cast of musicians including Airto Moreira, David Friesen, and members of Pink Martini.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Born To Be Blue
4:44 $0.99
2. Uncurling
5:00 $0.99
3. Trees
6:34 $0.99
4. Later Baby
3:00 $0.99
5. How Deep Is The Ocean
4:04 $0.99
6. World Peace Blues
4:17 $0.99
7. Say My Name
4:07 $0.99
8. You're Everything
4:04 $0.99
9. You Don't Know What Love Is
5:19 $0.99
10. Unspoken Thought
4:38 $0.99
11. Invitation
5:36 $0.99
12. There Will Never Be Another You
3:28 $0.99
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Belinda Underwood

A Quick Herstory

Belinda's first exposures to music occurred five nights a week while she was captive in her jazz-pianist-mother's womb. With birth, the nightly exposure continued while she napped under the piano in a car seat.

After a childhood of violin lessons, harp lessons, orchestras and choirs, music became her choice when she fell in love with the upright bass at age sixteen. In high school she traveled as a bass player (on scholarship) to Australia with the Monterey Jazz Festival Honor Band, and in college she played and traveled with the UC Berkeley Wednesday Band. Singing professionally didn't occur to her until years later when she was playing the bass at the Jazz School in Berkeley, where she studied with Mark Levine, Ledisi, Raz Kennedy, Stephanie Bruce, Brian Pardo, Glenn Richman, and Frank Martin. It was there too that she met David Friesen during a workshop and decided to go to Portland for bass lessons (after a quick trip to Cuba to study music and dance at the University of Havana). When asked what she valued most from her lessons with Friesen, she replied, "He encouraged me to write songs."

Her debut album was launched nationally in March 2005. Entitled "Underwood Uncurling", it features David Friesen, Airto Moreira, John Gross, Dan Balmer, Clay Giberson, Chad Wagner, Jason Levis, and Pink Martini members Phil Baker and Martin Zarzar. She sings (and plays some bass too) on the album, which is comprised of six original jazz compositions and six jazz standards.

In 2006, Belinda started performing and touring with New York jazz pianist Benny Green as her guest, and in 2008, she featured him on her latest jazz release, "Greenspace." Both national and international jazz audiences have enjoyed the chemistry of this dynamic musical team, a combination of Green's jazz lineage and Underwood's emotive story-telling.

The album Greenspace shows a new sophistication in Belinda's songwriting while paying homage to her jazz roots, evidenced by her choice and interpretation of lovely forgotten jazz standards. Grammy-nominated Nancy King appears on several tracks as well, and the rhythm section is rounded out by Pink Martini members Phil Baker and Martin Zarzar.

The last several years, Belinda has been making trips to Egypt to study with Dr. Alfred Gamil, a head professor at the Arab Music Institute in Cairo. The richness of Middle Eastern music has added new textures and colors to her songwriting as well as broadened the musical circles in which she performs.

Between tours, Belinda plays and sings around Portland with exquisite jazz musicians as well as the Mid Eastern and/or Gypsy influenced bands Negara, Underscore Orkestra, Ritim Egzotik, Arabesque and Ala Nar.



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George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman

Belinda Underwood "Uncurling''
She's sultry, assertive, compelling.............And, nice looking too! Oregon based Jazz singer Belinda Underwood comes to us multi-honed.......A double threat..........She can burn hard on her acoustic bass, while she delivers her rendition of The American Songbook.
Belinda possesses a voice that renders song with a mastery of inflection.......All backed up by her bold, innovative,
non-compromising, & tight jazz group. This is one hell of an argument for a junket to Portland, Oregon to imbibe the animated & pro-active artistic offerings a great jazz town proffers.

LA Times, Jazz Improv Magazine, The Oregonian, All About Jazz an

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Underwood Uncurling
Absolutely outstanding in every regard, well done and ain't I pleased I can listen to an amazing lady like this over and over again. Thank you