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Jewel Machine

by Jennifer Greer

Luscious melodics and vocals fuel this piano driven alternative pop filled with poetry, deep grooves and adventure.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Eventual Baby
3:56 album only
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2. Sundial
3:24 album only
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3. Vague
4:17 album only
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4. St. Giraffe
4:32 album only
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5. Open Chair (for D.S.)
2:08 album only
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6. Like Rain
4:25 album only
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7. Weathering
3:50 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jennifer Greer is a New York native who began playing piano and singing at the age of eight, then soon after turned to writing poetry. When she was 25, she took up piano again, first as a solo composer, then two years later incorporating lyrics, and her songwriting career began. Jennifer's moving vocals and innovative piano style were quickly noticed, and within months after her first appearances she was playing at the Towne Crier in Pawling, NY and was a regular at The Dark Star Lounge in NYC.

After playing solo throughout New York during 1998, Jennifer moved to Northampton in the fall of '99 and began working with bassist Damian Watson (currently with Conor Dowling) and drummer Brian Peltier to form the jennifer greer trio. Recently she won the WRSI singer/songwriter contest. Her songs range from funky blues to intimate ballads. Whether appearing alone or with a band, Jennifer's captivating performances are sure to leave an impression.

"Based on her seven-song EP, "Jewel Machine," Jennifer Greer shares more than a little with Tori Amos. She's a piano-playing singer-songwriter with a range encompassing blues to folk to dark, pop-rock tunes. But underneath her piano music, accompanied only by drums, she favors the syncopated rhythms of funk and hip-hop. If you didn't listen closely to her lyrics, her sweet, luscious soprano -- perfect accompaniment to her lush, classically-influenced keyboard work -- could delude you into thinking her songs were not full of steamy angst and erotic tension ("Why can't you hear me/Do I have to do a birthday striptease?")."

-Seth Rogovoy, The Berkshire Eagle

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E. Aubrey Andrews

Someone's Fallen In Love With Heartbreak at Sundown
Have you ever felt warm tears falling against candle flames.....Have you ever heard sweet sorrows of
lightning crawling against wet neon streets....have you
ever looked away from the sun only to drown in
midnight pools of lost love.......

Jennifer Greer's - JEWEL MACHINE -

rains sensual images of a beautiful young woman
falling in love with heartbreak at every second of
sundown
Sensually haunting emotions painted on destiny myst
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jonah levin

Greer combines harmonic warmth with searing rythmic tension
Jennifer Greer's "Jewel Machine" is a collection of songs that range from the soulful,funkified "Eventual Baby" to the reverant longing of "Weathering". It is this dichotomy that makes this disc so special. Greer finds herself equally comfortable with up tempo piano driven numbers(St. Giraffe), as she is with tender ballads, such as the gorgeous "Vague". Musically and lyrically Greer is a virtuoso in both realms,paying close attention to detail while scoring beautiful arrangements on piano and displaying a wide range of emotions through her poetic lyrics. This cd is recommended for anyone who would enjoy melodic piano driven tunes sung in an exquisite voice rarely heard in such a tasteful setting.
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Ilana Wright


This CD reminds us that there are moods out there that only music can describe. A richly textured CD, Jewel Machine is both velvety warm and heavy with grooves. St. Giraffe is a wild ride to god-knows-where, and Greer plays ballads that will make you sit down still. This girl is going somewhere...
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The Muse's Muse

a stunning, sweeping showcase of passion and beauty.
Jewel Machine is a stunning, sweeping showcase of passion and beauty. Greer is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a marvelous pianist. Her genuine strength lies in developing sleek, funky, fluctuating musical petterns that show off a pianist influenced by more than the typical assortment of keyboard-based favorites. Backed by an unassuming rhythm section, Greer's piano shares the spotlight with her gorgeous voice, a voice which harnesses a sensual warble...and it's own distinct, sophisticated tonality. The tracks on Jewel Machine contain lyrics that are not only melodically appealing, but outwardly intelligent and wonderfully articulate. Greer's passion and eloquence are constantly apparent, regardless of the song's tempo or style. -Ashley Petkovski, The Muse's Muse
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David Lucander

The album which somehow produce a thicker sound than many six piece bands can ac
A poet by youth and a pianist by adulthood, Jennifer Greer creates music that is poetry that is, ultimately, music. As her career comes to fruition in the Valley, Greer faces a barrage of comparisons to Emily Dickinson and Tori Amos. Forunately, and somewhat surprisingly, New England’s upcoming composer is much more sane that the region’s most renowned female poet Emily Dickinson and way less drugged than pop music icon Tori Amos. Her piano and an occasional drum kit accent Greer’s sweet vocals as the only instruments on the album which somehow produce a thicker sound than many six piece bands can achieve. With coherent lyrics that separate Greer from the latest herd of pretentious lady musicians, a siren’s voice with more range than Reggie Miller, highly syncopated beats, and a stripped down piano and drum ensemble throughout Jewel Machine, New England is witnessing the rise of the next bona fide artist in its rich music and arts scene. I’ve always said that no matter what the economy does I’ll still be broke but I guess that our latest recession is affecting me because this ten dollar record should be considered priceless.
-David Lucander, The Homeland
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Metronome

It's impossible not to compare her to Tori Amos as Greer has a spatial delivery
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jennifer Greer unveils a handful of esoteric songs on her 7 song album Jewel Machine. It's impossible not to compare her to Tori Amos as Greer has a spatial delivery and aura much like Amos. However Greer is an original talent as ahe exhibits her musical prowess on songs like "Sundial", "St. Giraffe" and the exceptional "Weathering." -Doug Sloan, Metronome
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Collected Sounds

"Jewel Machine" is a promising first stop on what will hopefully be a long artis
Jennifer Greer's first EP is very accomplished. Her songs are intriguing and her piano-playing adept. "Sundial" is a gentle pop song with stunning harmonies from Greer. "Vague" is not unlike early Tori Amos and it's a good song. "St. Giraffe" enquires "Why can't you hear me? Do I have to do a birthday striptease?". The song is fraught with tension and has some of Greer's most expressive piano-playing. "Like Rain" is a classy sounding ballad with great lyrics. "Jewel Machine" is a promising first stop on what will hopefully be a long artistic journey. -Anna Maria Tjarnell, Collected Sounds
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