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Going There

by Laura Caviani

Laura Caviani's 5th CD is "...very personal and soulful... I love this CD and know you will too" Karrin Allyson, Concord Records
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Going There
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2. In the Interim
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3. This Is My Song
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4. Tobacco Blues
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5. Paper Cranes
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6. Watching the Game
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7. Between the Lines
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8. The Gilded Cage
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9. In His Hands
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10. Cascadia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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LINER NOTES FROM GOING THERE
I met Laura Caviani in the Twin Cities about 17 years ago, after moving there from Omaha. (I then moved to Kansas City, and am now in New York City). We met at the Dakota Bar & Grill - a favorite supper club where we both perform regularly now. Ahmad Jamal was playing that night and we were both “one for the roading it” (to quote Oscar Brown Jr.) and happened to sit next to each other at the bar, loving the music. We hit it off immediately, and have been fast friends and colleagues ever since.

I have always admired Laura's 'output'. Besides accompanying and leading her own groups, she arranges for big band, smaller bands, full orchestra, writes her own material (lyrics too!), teaches, you name it. The girl needs more time in the day!

This very personal and soulful album is a great example of who Laura is as a person. She has truly developed her own unique sound.
I really do love all these tunes, but my favorites are: Going There (so lyrical and groovy), Watching the Game (Bob shines and swings like mad), Paper Cranes (a beautiful, moody waltz... Todd's cymbal work is lovely), and Between the Lines - I had to look to see who the SINGER was!! - She’s played this for me before, but this is a very cool surprise. It feels like Joni Mitchell was an influence here.

Though she mostly works with players from the Twin Cities, here she's using players I know very well, as they are my long time KC rhythm section. Always giving tender loving support and masters at their craft, Bob and Todd are perfect partners.
I love this CD and know you will too.

-Vocalist Karrin Allyson (Concord Records) www.karrin.com


REVIEW 11/25/05
Laura Caviani: “Going There’’ (Caviani Music)
***1/2 (out of ****)

Unlike what seems like a growing number of younger jazz musicians, here is a mature, thoughtful pianist/composer/leader from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul who disdains flash, self-indulgence, and self-importance in favor of expressing genuine feelings in a relaxed, uncomplicated way. The results are thoroughly enjoyable'"full of warmth and a swinging sense of fun.
Jazz as a day-brightener? Heavens, will the powers that be allow it?!
Laura Caviani has written nine of the 10 tunes here (an adaptation from Finnish classical composer Jean Sibelius is the 10th), each of her originals offering listening pleasure, whether a ballad, a bop tune, a shuffle blues, a number with a contemporary jazz feel, and even a country-flavored tune on which Ms. Caviani surprises with a more than competent vocal.
The latter, “Between the Lines,’’ also features a lively, three-member horn section and Ms. Caviani’s overdubbed voice in duet. In fact, “Lines’’ is catchy enough to be a hit, and typical of the easy appeal of Caviani’s songs.
Caviani otherwise sticks to the piano and leads a most simpatico trio--bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Todd Strait, both “borrowed’’ from her pal and sometimes musical colleague, Concord Records vocalist Karrin Allyson.
Caviani clearly owes Allyson a substantial debt, for Bowman and Strait couldn’t be more creatively supportive or impressive when in the solo spotlight, which is often, thanks to the generosity of the leader.
Together'"and they are very much so'"they give us piano trio jazz of the highest order.

Bob PROTZMAN has written about jazz for 35 years. He contributes to Down Beat and other publications and hosts “Everything Jazz,’’ 9 to midnight Sundays on WQLN-FM, Erie, PA. (on the web at www.wqln.org). He can be reached at protz@verizon.net.






REVIEW 11/07/05
On “Going There,” Laura Caviani displays a wide range of harmony and passion, temporal deconstructions, shimmering lyricism, and boundless imagination as she takes us on an enchanting journey through 9 original compositions (including a surprising vocal) and an arrangement of Sibelius’ “This is My Song. ” But really, these are all Laura’s songs. Presenting a master class in the inventive range of mainstream jazz, her trio brings a simmering, shimmering glow to each track, the interactions among the musicians falling somewhere between telepathy and mutual admiration.

There’s a very blue thread running through these selections. The title track “Going There” is a Dixie delta-tinged float down a river of melody, quirky shifts, and stops. “Tobacco Blues” brings bending rhythms to a playfully souful groove, while the low-key sass of “Watching the Game” decomposes into and increasingly complex blues. “Between the Lines” showcases Laura’s skill as a lyricist as well as composer of catchy melodies, while her own rimey vocals and horns add a perfect bite.

The lyrical finesse and interactive embroidery of the trio highlight “In the Interim,” which features quick, darting melodic phrases with sliding fills.“This Is My Song,” a rearrangement of Sibelius’ “Finlandia” theme, retains the majesty of the Scandanavian landscape, celestial chords washing over filagree lines. On “The Gilded Cage,” a distinct melodic line is surrounded by a collaborative loom, silken thread spinning around wicker. The set closes elegantly with the Evanescent tribute to the late Bobby Peterson, “In His Hands,” and the rippling “Cascadia.”

Andrea Canter, Jazz Police (www.jazzpolice.com)

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