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Iridescent October

by Jeannine Rivers

While some of the songs have been recorded many times by others, there are no throwaways, these renditions are fresh, spirited and full of subtle surprises, and worth a very close listen to ~ Scott Yanow
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The People That You Never Get to Love
4:45 album only
2. Coffee Time
4:23 album only
3. Fine and Mellow
3:56 album only
4. You’d Be so Nice to Come Home To
3:27 album only
5. Killing Me Softly With His Song
5:24 album only
6. Can’t Help Loving That Man
4:01 album only
7. All of Me
4:41 album only
8. Summertime
3:52 album only
9. Mr. Bojangles
5:40 album only
10. His Nation
4:58 album only
11. Everything Must Change
6:02 album only


Album Notes
Welcome to my freshman project “IRIDESCENT OCTOBER” an 11 track album that takes you on a journey to jazz, blues, pop and places you in the world of what I have dubbed Jazzed-Funk.

Iridescent October depicts my life and journey for the last 5 years. It signifies the various stages of my life and all of the love, joy, pain, and growth that I have experienced but, most of all the graduation to CHANGE. Time has definantly been my friend and allowed me to grow into an iridescent pool of colors that represent, power, joy, happiness, love creativity, faith and determination. This album highlights the songs that I sung that bought me joy, peace, and comfort giving birth to my Iridescent October.

My original composition “HIS NATION” is a collaboration that I did with James Faherty. I wrote the lyrics and music in 2006. In 2013 James Faherty added the finishing touches to the music and what you hear on the CD reveals the magic. His Nation depicts the life and journey of my Fiancé Dwight Turner that died back in August of 2006 of Cancer. The song is a reminder that we all need to remember our place in this nation by not being afraid to be our best and not succumb to the craziness in this world. I hope you will enjoy it!

Studio Engineer Ric Probst of Remote Planet Recording Produced Iridescent October as well as Mixed and Mastered the project with greatness.

Then we have the Crème de la Crème of Wisconsin musicians that splashed their talents all over this album.

First there is Ben Hans a drummer, percussionist, author of more than 4 Drum books and also a master at his craft. His musical career includes stints with Jack Grassel, Chuck Hedges, Swing Nouveau and rock musician Kip winger, just to name a few.

On Piano we have James Faherty and Dan Dance.

James Faherty is a pianist, composer, and well known arranger. James also travels though out the world as a musician on the Princess Cruise Line and freelances with other notable musicians such as Paul Shaffer.

Dan Dance likes to be known as the greatest polo announcer that has ever lived. But, he is also known as one of Milwaukee’s finest piano players and is well known for his musicianship. He is also known for his swinging style and lush interpretations of the great jazz standards.

On Bass we have Tom McGirr, Hal Miller and John Tanner.

John Tanner is one of the principles at Tanner-Monagle, Inc a professional recording studio in a vast space in the old Blatz complex in Downtown Milwaukee. John has years of experience in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, radio, industrial video and theatre. John Tanner has written original scores and designed sound for theatrical productions at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Player’s Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, First Stage Milwaukee and many others.You will hear John Tanners tasty bass beats in His Nation...selection # 10.

Tom Mcgirr is a college professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College as well as one of the most sought after bassists in the Wisconsin area. He often freelances as a bass player for many local area musicians in Milwaukee. He is mostly known for being the lead bassist for the Milwaukee Skylight Theatre.

On Guitar we have Bob Monagle.

Bob Monagle is one of the principles at Tanner-Monagle, Inc . Bob has been a professional musician for the last 30 years, and a broadcast editor for 12 years. His background in music and music composition, make him one of the most sought after guitarist to hit the Milwaukee scene. His national work on radio and television projects includes advertising spots, television shows, industrial, educational and corporate videos and interactive DVDs for clients such as Walgreens, Hal Leonard, Subway, and Sun Country Airlines. Bob Monagle's origination can be heard on Fine and Mellow selection # 3 and You'd be so nice to Come home to selection # 4.

Last but not least there is Bassist Hal Miller a college professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College who has worked with Bob Hope and other greats and Ray Tabs a local pianist out of Milwaukee who splashed his organ talents on You'd be so Nice to come home to.

As, jazz journalist/historian and author Scott Yanow states and I quote

“ A powerful and expressive singer, Jeannine Rivers knows how to tell a story in music. The Milwaukee-based vocalist’s recording debut is consistently impressive, fully displaying her talents in straight ahead and soulful jazz. ”

Enjoy my Iridescent October journey….but, most of all be your own Iridescent October....



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Scott Yanow

Jeannine Rivers- Iridescent October
A powerful and expressive singer, Jeannine Rivers knows how to tell a story in music.
The Milwaukee-based vocalist’s recording debut is consistently impressive, fully displaying her talents in straight ahead and soulful jazz.
Joined by a fine rhythm section with either James Faherty or Dan Dance as pianist-arranger, Ms. Rivers performs ten of her favorite standards in addition to her original “His Nation.” While some of the songs have been recorded many times by others, these renditions are fresh, spirited and contain their subtle surprises.
The opener, “The People That You Never Get To Love,” finds Jeannine Rivers recalling Abbey Lincoln a bit in the way that she interprets the philosophical story. She is relaxed and swinging on “Coffee Time,” particularly displaying her own personal phrasing during her second vocal. “Fine And Mellow” is taken as a lowdown blues with guitarist Bob Monagle adding to the music’s atmosphere. A joyful funk rhythm and Faherty’s electric piano (emulating an organ) clearly inspire the singer. She is particularly soulful and sultry on “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”
My three favorite performances are next. During “Can’t Help Loving That Man,” not only does Jeannine Rivers sound effortless on the song’s wide range but she puts plenty of her own personality into the song, swinging all the way. “All Of Me” is given a sensuous rendition that includes a spoken introduction, some powerful singing and a memorable final note. Rather than dragging like too many other versions, “Summertime” is taken at a cooking medium-tempo pace that will make one smile.
After a straightforward version of ‘Mr. Bojangles” the singer concludes the CD with “His Nation” (which was co-written with James Faherty) and a heartfelt rendition of “Everything Must Change.”
All in all, this is an excellent debut for Jeannine Rivers, a fine singer who we will be hearing much more of in the future.

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76