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Conspiracy: Art Songs for Improvisers

by Kate Hammett-Vaughan

Currently out of print, and available for download on CDBaby and ITunes. Vancouver-based composers explore the meeting place between composition and improvisation. Sung by one of Canada's leading jazz and improvised music vocalists.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. It Will Be a Long Night
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2. Conspiracy
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3. Bone Thirst
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4. The Moon On the 13th Day of the Ninth Month
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5. Botanical Garden
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6. Aon
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7. Long Enough
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8. Oh Yeah (go Johnny!)
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9. Moldy Man
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10. Shattered Mind
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11. Tobacco Road
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12. The Moon
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13. Not Much Change
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Visit Kate Hammett-Vaughan's website at www.katehv.com

“ ... a marvelous storyteller with a bag of vocal tricks big enough to compel constant attention, and the knack of making everything she attempts sound newly minted and admirably assured as her free spirit roams and experiments.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

“… a wonderfully breezy singer who slips free of a song’s formal constraints at no risk to its familiar sentiments… an important Canadian jazz voice.” Mark Miller, Globe and Mail

"...the finest jazz standards singer in Canada." CODA magazine

Since moving to Vancouver, BC from her home province of Nova Scotia in 1979, Kate Hammett-Vaughan has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most individual and creative jazz vocalists, and one of the West Coast’s most respected teachers of the art of jazz singing.

Hammett-Vaughan’s ease with all manner of material and her improvisational instincts set her apart from many of her contemporaries. Her highly personal and expressive vocal style incorporates the breadth of her musical interests, from straight-ahead soulful ballads to hard-swinging grooves and improvisational adventures. Her approach is fresh and invigorating, paying tribute to the jazz tradition while interacting and exploring, always seeking to express herself in the moment. Equally at home as a front-line performer or as a member of an ensemble, singing straight-ahead swing or participating in free-improv adventures, Hammett-Vaughan makes sure that what she is performing remains accessible to her audience.

Kate Hammett-Vaughan has received multiple JUNO nominations for her recordings, as well as several nods from the Canadian Independent Music Awards and the West Coast Music Awards. She has worked in a number of ensembles over the last two decades, the most notable being her own Quintet and Trio, her long-time bass/voice duo with André Lachance, the improvising jazz trio Garbo’s Hat, and the acclaimed large ensemble, the NOW Orchestra.

Hammett-Vaughan's artistic sensibilities and musical interests have led her to a variety of related projects, including film scores, guest hosting of CBC television and radio shows, collaborations with modern dance artists and performance artists, and a fulfilling career as a teacher.


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Ed Goodstein

Terrific & distinctive
This is NOT a typical jazz vocal disc, as the title also implies. Hammett-Vaughn
& her ensemble here though IMO effectively explore the seam between improvised jazz and contemporary classical music, with also nods to blues,
a little 'alternative' pop, poetry & (a bit) electronica. And it's nice here that she features not well known composers from the Vancouver area where she lives. Her vocal style is interesting too, quite individual if with definite links I think to other such explorers of 'jazz/chamber art song' as Jay Clayton, Norma Winstone, Nancy Harrow and Sheila Jordan. No, not the typical jazz standards album of course (she has done those too-- if with her own twists there as well), but very appealing exploration I think.
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