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Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan | Stairway to the Stars

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Stairway to the Stars

by Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan

Pianist Michael Kanan and vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli breathe new life into jazz standards and favorites from the Great American Songbook.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. As Long as I Live
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
4:18 $0.99
2. The Nearness of You
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
4:56 $0.99
3. I Didn't Know About You
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
5:00 $0.99
4. So Rare
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
4:14 $0.99
5. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
3:39 $0.99
6. I Concentrate on You
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
5:14 $0.99
7. Autumn Nocturne / I Don't Know Where to Turn
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
6:05 $0.99
8. Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
5:25 $0.99
9. I Was Doing All Right
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
4:30 $0.99
10. Stairway to the Stars
Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan
5:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gabrielle Stravelli and Michael Kanan create rare beauty. Whenever I’ve heard them, singly or in duet, I’ve marveled. I feel as alive as I will ever be, with tears in my eyes and an astonished uncontrollable smile.
Their art is heartfelt and subtle. It takes devotion to be so at one with the music, to create drama without being dramatic. They serve the song, words and music. They make the most familiar song seem fresh, but never distort it in the name of innovation.
These performances were recorded in The Drawing Room, that gratifying yet unassuming Brooklyn shrine to music, on February 8, 2015. It was an honor to experience such music, to witness it being created.
The rapport between Michael and Gabrielle is intuitive. It is trust set to music. They travel the same path as dear friends, serious about their work but light-hearted in play. The results are quiet rather than showy yet always convincing, a love-offering of improvised nuances, not rehearsed gestures. Even when the material they choose is dark, tenderness shines through. They are at once serene and agile, poets who never insist on Being Poetic.
Gabrielle’s voice has many rooms, each one painted a different color. It can move from a hushed half-whisper to the insistent meow of a Siamese cat or the wry curl of a New York Italian adolescent, amused by what she’s just seen on the street, to an expressive, rangy open voice, dark and warm in its lower register, bright and soaring above. She has beautiful diction and she never obliterates the lyric; rather, her phrasing makes meaning deeper. Only she can make me accept the “idea”/“Maria” rhyme in SO RARE, which fact I offer as great tribute.
Michael’s touch is sensitive; his harmonies remarkable. He surprises but never shocks. He honors Jimmy Rowles by not imitating him. His phrases breathe in inspiring ways. His playing is spare yet rich, with a singing expressiveness. He knows that the piano has an entire orchestra within it, but his creations always sound translucent rather than insistent. His is an art where every detail matters and resonates long after the struck note has died away. As an accompanist he gives wondrously, wanting only that others sound even better than they thought they could.
With stories full of sweet truths, Gabrielle and Michael invite us to open the secret door in the attic, revealing the stairway to the stars. Through their music, we climb to a rare joy.
Michael Steinman
JAZZ LIVES http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com



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