Jean Laughlin | No Easy Way

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No Easy Way

by Jean Laughlin

Her original songs range from jazz to cabaret to Broadway musical and her buttery rich contralto is backed by top notch Chicago jazz musicians whose solos will knock your socks off.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Open
4:23 $0.99
2. Party Down
3:29 $0.99
3. Home ( a lullaby)
3:37 $0.99
4. Moment to Moment
5:05 $0.99
5. Sad Eyes
5:59 $0.99
6. Cast Away
4:40 $0.99
7. Simplify
3:47 $0.99
8. Friendships Broken
4:02 $0.99
9. Lookin' at the Downside
4:04 $0.99
10. No Easy Way
3:50 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
With her fifth release—"No Easy Way"—Laughlin showcases her talent, polished technique, and insight as a composer lyricist and producer.

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"No Easy Way" is now available on iTunes! You can now purchase and download either individual songs or the whole album.
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This is Jean’s fourth collaboration with gifted arranger and co-producer Jim Martin. There is a wonderful group dynamic between Jim, Jean, and co-producer/sound engineer Freddie Breitberg, which helped create an album full of warmth and love.

Adding to the mix, Jean is backed by a full orchestra, including top-notch Chicago jazz musicians, whose tasteful and inventive improvised solos enrich each piece. Thomas Yang (Chicago Musical Connection) and his masterful string section complete the orchestra which, with Jim’s superb charts, help make Jean’s music come to life. Her ballads, which range in genre from jazz to Broadway musical to cabaret, touch on the everyday challenges of our lives. In her big band jazz tunes, she shows us her sense of humor as she contemplates life’s absurdities.

"I've been singing for as long as I can remember. I came from a very musical family—mother, father, aunts, uncles, the lot of them. Though I studied piano from a very early age, my voice has always been my instrument. I started performing when I was quite young—on the nationally televised Bob Crosby Show at the age of 11—then throughout my high school years and college. After college, where I majored in Speech and Drama, I settled in Chicago where I worked in recording studios doing work in television commercials,voice overs radio spots, and performing in live musical industrials and cabarets. It is after I took a very long break from work, to raise my children, that I started writing songs."

"I had returned to singing, was recording an album and found that, though I loved the standards that I had been exposed to all of my life, I wasn't able to fully express myself singing them."

"I started out slowly, including only one of my own songs on that first CD. I've recorded exclusively my own songs since. It's been very cathartic for me, as well as a little frightening in that I'm exposing my personal feelings for all to hear."

- Jean Laughlin

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Jean released her first album–"I’m Glad There Is You"—in 1992. She wrote and produced "Confessions of a Woman", released in 1996, "Who Am I?" in 1998, and "What Am I Looking For?" in 2001. Many of Jean's songs are receiving international radio airplay.



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JavaMan - Tim Taylor

First Class
I had a referral to check out Jean Laughlin's music. I ended up purchasing 2 of her three available albums and have heard the sound bytes on her third. I am stunned at the quality of the Music, The lyrics, the musicians and the mixing in the production. There is an eclectic combination to the tracks that had me wondering what's the next track going to be like? The music was pleasing, soothing and some big band thrown in at times. The orchestral sound is thrilling as well. Great Performance. I hope for more! JavaMan in Portland, Ore.

Rodney and the Reviewer Team

Congratulations on the GrIndie Award! Outstanding, Uplifting CD.
“No Easy Way” is a noteworthy release by Chicago jazz singer/songwriter Jean Laughlin, who is known for her broad vocal abilities and incredibly personal style. The writing is skillful and intelligent with fresh, clever arrangements. She is backed by an incredible orchestra of talented musicians featuring brilliant soloists and swinging horn sections. The rhythm section is fabulous, setting up and emphasizing the ensemble figures with ease while also providing wonderful support throughout. “Open” is a sincere and genuine opener with honest lyrics and Laughlin singing straight from the heart. Another heartfelt track is “Moment to Moment,” which not only touches on the struggles of everyday life, but also offers inspiration. Her personality and individuality shine through on each tune, from her fun sense of humor on “Party Down” and “Lookin’ at the Downside” to her warm, smoky style on the ballads “Sad Eyes,” “Cast Away,” and “Home ( a lullaby).” One ballad that really stands out is the touching “Friendships Broken,” featuring an illustrious string arrangement and passionate vocals. Another excellent track is the lively “Simplify,” with her vocals dancing atop the rhythmic figures of the horn section and Laughlin again showcasing her humorous side. This album is highly recommended for any fan of adult contemporary vocalists and/or big band music.