Heather Bambrick | Fine State

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Fine State

by Heather Bambrick

Heather Bambrick mixes respect for the tradition of Ella, Sarah, and Carmen, with clever arrangements, modern production, and just the right amount invention - and then adds some pretty killer players, too! This is big fun meets moody introspection.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. You've Got to Be Carefully Taught
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2. Take the B Train
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3. It's Beautiful
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4. It Never Entered My Mind
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5. Wave over Wave
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6. Off My List
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7. Homeland
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8. Bridges
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9. I Don't Care Anymore
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10. The Right to Love
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11. Walk Between the Raindrops
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12. Pat Murphy's Meadow
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13. Fine State of Affairs
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Heather Bambrick follows up her last JUNO-nominated recording with a brand new release. Fine State is a personal look at the music and sounds that have shaped Heather’s own brand of music, as well as a commentary on the world around her.

Produced by renown musician / arranger / producer Ben Wittman (Sting, Paula Cole, New York Voices, Laila Biali) and composer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Jono Grant (Shuffle Demons, Kim Stockwood, Tea Party, Richard Underhill), Fine State features Canadian-heavy compositions as well as Canadian musical heavy-hitters Chase Sanborn (flugelhorn), Kelly Jefferson (saxophones), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Michael Shand (piano), Eric St. Laurent (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Ben Wittman (drums and percussion), and guest Carlos del Junco (harmonica). Once again, the technical team working with Heather is second to none, including award-winning engineers John “Beetle” Bailey and Jono Grant.

Where Heather’s last release was personal to her in a familial manner, Fine State is thematically personal in areas of emotion and consciousness. In her song selections and songwriting, Heather tackles subjects such as racism, homophobia, and the feelings of divisiveness happening in the world. “As an artist, it’s sometimes easier to express myself through what I make. There have been some incredible creations that I’ve been able to interpret in order to make certain statements. As I was putting these songs together, I realized there was a theme of stating certain negative elements, but then presenting positive sides to them. I think a sense of action and hopefulness is important to present to the world, right now.”

Also evident is Heather’s strong ties to Newfoundland, with sophisticated interpretations of traditional folk songs, as well as a sort of “love song” she’s written to her Newfoundland home, co-written by fellow Newfoundlander, award-winning LA-based composer Keith Power. Canada shows strongly on Fine State with material from some of the country’s finest composers and lyricists, including Burton Cummings, Gene Lees, the Breithaupt Brothers, and others, including Heather, herself.

Stylistically, Fine State takes on more of a pop/rock-influenced sound, moving away from the somewhat “traditional” tones of her previous recordings. “This album is more of a departure from the traditional sort of records I’ve made in the past. It brings together more of the things that inspire me overall, not just in jazz and not just in music. The arrangements show influences from rock, pop, and folk music, and the tunes we’ve chosen have a strong connection to the events of the world around me, and the roots of who I am as a musician and a person.”

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