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by Jennifer Ryan & Cash Cow

A late night, coffee-driven, shout-out-loud, rock 'n' roll rent party - gettin' down with a runaway acoustic trainwreck kitchen sink quartet (acoustic bass, drums, piano, tenor sax) with jazz vocals - free, fun and FUNKY...
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Comin' Through the Rye
6:46 $0.99
2. Old Man and the Sea
3:54 $0.99
3. You Can't Always Get What You Want
10:30 $0.99
4. The Nearness of You
4:29 $0.99
5. Nature Boy/Afro Blue
11:20 $0.99
6. I Thought About You
5:05 $0.99
7. Found
4:28 $0.99
8. Springtime Somewhere
5:43 $0.99
9. Wasteland
7:54 $0.99
10. You Are My Sunshine
4:44 $0.99
11. Lullaby
3:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
"...what a joy it is to hear a young vocalist with the power and control of Jennifer Ryan...she brought the audience to its feet." [James Hale, Ottawa Citizen]

"Jazz singers, it sometimes seems, are born, not made. Either they’ve got it, or they don’t. No amount of trying will compensate. Jennifer Ryan’s got it." [Mark Miller, Globe and Mail].

Jennifer Ryan (b. 1970) is a vocalist from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada (currently based in Toronto) who has recorded on dozens of albums and commercials; over the past fifteen years she has built a reputation as one of Canada's most inventive young jazz vocalists. Her rich voice, startling technique and fearless leaps into improvisation have been amazing loyal audiences across the country. Ryan has studied with a myriad of wonderful musicians including renowned jazz vocalist Ranee Lee, opera coaches the Della Pergolas and Winston Purdy; she also studied 'minsogak' (Korean traditional folk music) during a 1997 visit to South Korea. Ryan has performed with such notables as bassist Ron McClure, trumpeter Don Clark and Mary Margaret O'Hara.

For the past ten years she has worked with the members of Cash Cow on creating a "whimsical mix of originals, jazz standards and discovered snippets of words, recordings and melodies, rewoven into a daring new jazz tapestry" [Kootenay Express]. Ryan and Cash Cow (see their biographies below) have taken their irreverent and intimate style to a number of illustrious festivals and venues across North America: from a two-time appearance at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival (in 2000, they opened for the Boss Brass at the Festival's closing night concert) to Detroit at Baker's Keyboard Lounge (the oldest jazz club in the United States!)

In October 2001, Ryan and Cash Cow toured Western Canada, during which time the group played concerts and conducted innovative workshops in secondary schools and colleges. In 2002, Ryan and Cash Cow set out on a fifteen-city tour of Asia, followed by Ryan's performance in Havana at the Havana Jazz Festival as the featured vocalist with Cuban jazz orchestra J.G. Jazz Generation.

Their 2000 release 'Found' built on the success of Jennifer's debut CD 'How Do You Feel About That?' (Go Play Records!), released in 1996. The new album is an informal collection of songs that feature the band's "daring new techniques" [Richard Bourcier,]: from the sweet longing of Jordan O'Connor's 'Wasteland' to a raucous medley of Eden Ahbez's 'Nature Boy' and John Coltrane's 'Afro Blue' right up to a spirited romp through the Rolling Stones' jazz classic 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'. Other tunes include a delicate rendering of a traditional Sioux lullaby, while Jennifer takes over the songwriting reins on 'The Old Man and the Sea' and the album's title track (both co-written with Jordan O'Connor).

Cash Cow (whose own album 'When We Were Little Girls' was named '2000 Jazz Recording of the Year' by Paul Wells of The National Post) consists of some of the most breathtaking young musicians on the Canadian scene. Ryan's longtime musical partners - bassist Jordan O'Connor (Don Ross, D.D. Jackson), pianist Craig Harley (William Carn and Lina Allemano, Cate Friesen) drummer Nick Fraser (Owls in Daylight, Justin Haynes/Tena Palmer Group) and tenor saxophonist David French (One, Pedras da Rua) all "play an active role in the music's success" [Mark Miller, Globe and Mail].

In 2001, Solitudes Records released a jazz Christmas album featuring her vocal stylings - "Fa La La La La". In 2004, Jennifer and Cow tracked material for a new Cash Cow album, to be entitled "Pretty Little Things"

UPDATE:...and now it's 2007 - what's up? Where'd she go? Jennifer remains on the scene, although she was waylaid in 2005 by the decision to return to school, and is now in pursuit of a law degree, with a focus on access for artists. 'Pretty Little Things' is back on track, and she has also begun a duo recording of standards with jazz guitarist/partner David Haffey (no title yet!) Jennifer is also the vocalist for the frighteningly eclectic 'Tiny Alligator Large Band', Toronto's only bassoon-friendly big band, directed by orchestrating iconoclast Caitlin Smith (say that three times fast.)

Expect a record in late late late 2007 (even little things take time!), the Ryan/Haffey sides in early 2008, and a new practice in summer 2009 - thanks for asking!



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Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

...a genuine, risk-taking jazz voice
...the record’s (Found) full of surprises, cranky standards mixed with wry takes on traditional themes, delivered by a voice that stays in your head...Ryan has moved from hearty blues to a fat jazz sound with great character and adaptability, without losing punch or passion...the band has a blast too!

Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail

Review of The Music Gallery show, Toronto 2002
There were Ryan and company, finding a hitherto hidden entrance to the old classic (Bye Bye Blackbird) and giving it a whole new look once they were inside, her imaginative stresses and stretches complemented especially well by tenor saxophonist David French’s easier melodic graces. That done, and done in great style, Ryan and the band did it over again with - who indeed would have thought - You Are My Sunshine...

Jason McNeil, All Music Guide

Jennifer Ryan has created a quiet and alluring collection...
Possessing and maintaining a jazz demeanor without straying into vocal theatrics, jazz and contemporary standards singer Jennifer Ryan has created a quiet and alluring collection of everything from Hoagy Carmichael covers to a radical and creative rearrangement on the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." One asset is how the covers aren't as gimmicky as one may assume, possibly due to the care taken with each attempt. Accompanied by a small circle of talented musicians, the album rarely takes a wrong turn with Ryan's sultry vocals the forefront of each track, including "Springtime Somewhere." Most of the songs stick to the traditional jazz arrangements and formulas, but the swerving and constantly changing "Nature Boy/Afro Blue" is the album's centerpiece and deservedly so. A slight annoyance is during a few moments in songs where the backing musicians can be barely heard doing some scat jazz, but it's not enough to detract from the several pluses here. The title track is a good example of Ryan's solid delivery, toeing the line like many before her.

Richard Bourcier

Their approach is really refreshing and Jennifer's gospel tinged voice is rich,
The Toronto based vocalist was born in British Columbia thirty years ago. With her jazz group, Cash Cow, Jennifer Ryan has appeared at jazz festivals in Canada and the USA. She spent 1998 teaching and performing in Seoul, South Korea.

The group is quite fearless and doesn't hesitate to apply daring new techniques to older material. Their approach is really refreshing and Jennifer's gospel tinged voice is rich, powerful and innovative. The band gives the traditional Comin' Through The Rye a whole new look. John Coltrane inspired their twelve-minute treatment of the blended Nature Boy/ Afro Blue showpiece.

Jennifer and Cash Cow enjoy a lot of radio play on Canada's national network, the CBC and their appearance at the 2000 Ottawa International Jazz Festival was a feature event resulting in rave reviews by the Ottawa press.

Bassist Jordan O'Connor is certainly the other half of the vocalist's inventive mind and the two blend like ham and eggs. Pianist Craig Harley and drummer Nick Fraser complete the very tight marriage of voice and instrumentation.

The experimentation doesn't stop with Comin' Through The Rye but forges on with You Are My Sunshine, an old cowboy song. The sounds of David French's solid tenor sax are added to five of the eleven tracks. Those who have not heard David's contemporary sounds are in for a treat. Dave is a no holds barred player with every note pushing into unexplored territory.

Good stuff!


Spectacular vocals, interesting song renditions
I felt like my living room was a Starbucks. Wonderfully refreshing takes on songs, especially You can't always get what you want. Breathtaking vocal feats and great jazz music. This CD is highly recommended.