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by Atla DeChamplain & Matt DeChamplain

"Atla and Matt DeChamplain’s Pause is an exciting set of bop-oriented jazz that is full of welcome surprises." - Scott Yanow
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me (feat. Paul Keller)
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
4:57 $0.99
2. Spain (feat. Kris Allen)
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
3:57 $0.99
3. Three O'Clock in the Morning
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
4:11 $0.99
4. Day Dream
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
4:54 $0.99
5. Two for the Blues
Atla Dechamplain, Jon Hendricks & Matt Dechamplain
2:54 $0.99
6. Pause
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
4:17 $0.99
7. Soul Food
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
6:05 $0.99
8. I Can't Give You Anything but Love (feat. Kris Jensen)
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
3:32 $0.99
9. On Green Dolphin Street
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
5:56 $0.99
10. I Sent for You Yesterday
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
3:00 $0.99
11. Ask Me Now
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
5:34 $0.99
12. Them There Eyes
Atla Dechamplain & Matt Dechamplain
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pause is the first recorded chapter in the musical love story of Atla and Matt DeChamplain. The singer and the pianist both completed their Bachelors at the Hartt School of Music’s Jackie McLean Institute and earned their Masters from the University of Toledo. At the latter, Atla studied with Jon Hendricks, the genius of vocalese (composing lyrics and stories to classic recorded solos). While the 93-year old Hendricks just appears as the second voice on “Two For The Blues,” his influence and inspiration are felt throughout this stirring modern bop set.

The married couple display both youthful enthusiasm and maturity throughout Pause. They co-wrote all of the arrangements except “Two For The Blues” and they debut their original “Pause.” With the assistance of three equally skilled sets of bassists and drummers, the DeChamplains succeed at making bop and vocalese relevant to the 21st century.

The opener, “I Can’t Believe You’re In Love With Me,” is filled with surprises including an impressionistic piano intro, the use of stop-time rhythms during its second chorus, key changes, song quotes and a heated double time section. Chick Corea’s “Spain” benefits from some hot alto playing from guest Kris Allen. “Three O’Clock In The Morning” is a particular delight, with vocalese lyrics by Atla written to Dexter Gordon’s joyful solo from 1962. After the beauty of Atla’s voice is displayed on “Daydream,” “Two For The Blues” revives the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross arrangement based on Count Basie’s recording. “Pause” has a more contemporary feel, giving Matt an opportunity to stretch on electric keyboards.

The other selections include Hendricks’ humorous lyrics to Horace Silver’s “Home Cookin,’” Atla’s passionate scatting on an uptempo “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” a haunting and mostly wordless “On Green Dolphin Street,” the Jimmy Rushing blues “I Sent For You Yesterday” (with Matt backing Atla with some excellent stride piano), a very expressive version of Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now” and one of the fastest versions ever recorded of “Them There Eyes.”

Pause is filled with exciting and swinging moments, a very impressive effort by Atla and Matt DeChamplain.

Scott Yanow, author/historian has written 11 books on jazz including The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76



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