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Fly Away Butterfly

by Carol Albert

With Fly Away Butterfly, Carol Albert delivers a seminal and sizzling contribution to the artistic sphere, blending lively melodies with thoughtful and refined arrangements blending piano, vocals, with jazzy grooves, world rhythms in a Smooth Jazzy Style
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1. Fly Away Butterfly
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2. Awakening
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3. On My Way
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4. Across the Sky
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5. One Way
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6. Mas Que Nada
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7. Chasing Waterfalls
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8. Never Thought It Would Be This Way
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9. Transition
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10. Fly Away Butterfly (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fly Away Butterfly Credits
Produced by Carol Albert and Trammell Starks
Except *#5 Produced by Trammell Starks
All Songs Written by Carol Albert
Except: Mas Que Nada, One Way
Arrangements by Carol Albert
#2, #5 Arranged by Trammell Starks
Published: CAHARA (ASCAP)

1) Fly Away Butterfly
Vocals, Keyboards, Bass Programming: Carol Albert
Background Vocals: Alfreda Gerald
Spoken Word Spanish: Susan Bennett and Ivette Ballara
Saxophone and Flute: Sam Skelton
Drum Programming: Trammell Starks
Percussion: Rafael Pereira

2) Awakening
Piano: Carol Albert
Additional Keyboards: Trammell Starks
Flute: Sam Skelton
Trumpet: Darren English
Bass: Trammell Starks
Drums: Scott Meeder
Percussion: Rafael Pereira

3) On My Way
Lead Vocal/Piano/Keyboards: Carol Albert
Background Vocals: Alfreda Gerald, Tony Hightower, Cheryl Rogers
Additional Keys: Trammell Starks
Bass: Sam Sims
Guitar: Chris Blackwell
Saxophone: Sam Skelton
Trumpet: Melvin Miller
Drums: Scott Meeder
Additional Horn Arrangement: Trammell Starks

4) Across The Sky
Lead Vocal/Piano/Keyboards: Carol Albert
Guitar: Chris Blackwell
Bass: Joe Reda
Drums/Percussion: Rafael Pereira



5) One Way
Al Jarreau Tribute
•Produced and Arranged: Trammell Starks
Vocal/Piano: Carol Albert
Background Vocals: Alfreda Gerald
Guitar Chris: Blackwell
Saxophone and Flute: Sam Skelton
Bass, Drum Programming, Additional Keys Trammell Starks
Percussion: Rafael Pereira


6) Mas Que Nada
Piano, Lead Vocal : Carol Albert
Background Vocals: Cheryl Rogers, Alfreda Gerald, Tony Hightower
Additional Keys: Trammell Starks
Trumpet: Darren English
Percussion: Rafael Pereira:
Guitar: Englesson Silva
Bass: Chocolat Costa
Drums/Percussion: Rafael Pereira

7) Chasing Waterfalls
Piano: Carol Albert
Guitar: Chris Blackwell
Saxophone: Sam Skelton
Bass: Joe Reda
Drums: Wayne Viar
Percussion: Rafael Pereira

8) Never Thought It Would Be This Way
Lead Vocal/Piano/Keyboards: Carol Albert
Background Vocalsp[: Alfreda Gerald
Bass: Sam Sims
Guitar: Chris Blackwell
Saxophone: Sam Skelton
Drums: Scott Meeder
Percussion: Rafael Pereira

9) Transition
Piano/ Keyboards/Synths: Carol Albert
Percussion: Rafael Pereira

10) Fly Away Butterfly (Reprise)


The title track “Fly Away Butterfly” evokes an ambient groove enlivened by joyful, even mirthful flutes, the soundtrack to a butterfly flying away, from this place to that. Indeed, the track is symbolic, as Carol’s voice is intimate and distant, the delicate balance of love and loss that we all must face during life. “Awakening” flows and builds with an ostinato groove, lilting flutes, and well-placed piano touches. The song is wrought with anticipation and playful exchanges that resolve to the tonic chord, a brilliant display of compositional prowess and acumen. In fact, an encounter with a Blue Morph butterfly in Costa Rica prompted her to write the tune. Perhaps unwittingly, Carol’s has given us a track for our times, to be “awakened” to the tension-and-release, call-and-response of life. That after the very worst times comes recovery and healing. And Carol’s album, listened from start to finish, can be part of a veritable music healing, enriching your soul with creative and artistic ferment.

“On My Way” is even more explicit, an anthem for our times. It’s a song of new beginnings. Her lyrics “On My Way/To a better day/I’ll spread my wings and fly away…” connote not just escapism but realism. In truth, sometimes you need an army of one to get the job done. You have to take things into your own hands. At least with Carol’s horn-drenched tune, you’ll have a musical accompaniment as you face towards the future. “Across the Sky” begins with a Coltrane-like incandescent solo with dreamy, even distant vocals. With her vocal performance, Carol has her audience hanging on every note with anticipation. “One Way” is a song about love and combines some of her favorite elements such as acoustic piano, nylon string guitar, and a hint of Latin percussion. The original version of “One Way” appears on Al Jarreau’s 1988 hit album Heart’s Horizon. “I have always loved the song and thought creating and performing a new arrangement of it would be the perfect celebration of his artistry and life”

In “Mas Que Nada,” the Latin rhythms pulse with fervor and give a stylistic panache to this track, as if you were listening at a dark-lit club with fire-red dancing. What’s more, Carol’s voice displays a richness and versatility of the highest order, with beautiful incantations and vocalizations. As an admirer of Latin music, Carol had me taken with this song. In a word, stunning.

“Waterfalls are all about that instant change in forward momentum, and can be powerful metaphors,” said Carol when describing the track “Chasing Waterfalls.” Her rolling piano propels the momentum of the song back-and-forth, ultimately advancing it without compunction so that we’re immersed, maybe even drenched in a sonic landscape of groove in the province of jam! “Never Thought It Would Be This Way” is a personal introspection into life when things turn out differently than expected. And ain’t that the truth. The lyrics however aren’t bitter but bittersweet, informed by a life of love and loss. “Transition” brings us back into the ambient world with watercolor harmonies and kaleidoscopic timbres cascading throughout the number. It’s about moving into new realms. And with the last track “Fly Away Reprise,” Carol sends the message that there must be a final letting go. 

In this album, we hear it all, and we are better for it. Carol Albert has given us a musical testimonial borne out of the crucible of loss. We hear both resilience and grace in her music. By giving so much of herself in this music, we not only hear her, but she creates a space for us to join her on the road ahead.
--Kabir Sehgal

New York Times bestselling author
Multi-Grammy Award winning producer

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