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Changing My Tune

by Joel Evans & Adryan Russ

Devotees of the Great American Songbook, Evans and Russ unveil their most delightfully endearing original songs; the culmination of an enduring creative partnership, for lovers of "standards" who wish to expand their listening and performing repertoire.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. There's Never Been A Day Like This (Feat. The Marquee All Stars Band & Dante Marchi)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
2:47 $0.99
2. Out On A Limb (Feat. The Joel Evans Quartet & Adam James)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:02 $0.99
3. Mirage (Feat. Tami Tappan Damiano & The Brian Kane Trio)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
4:03 $0.99
4. The Devil's Daughter (Feat. The Joel Evans Quartet & Patrick Maier)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
4:03 $0.99
5. Changing My Tune (Feat. Dante Marchi & The Larry Dunlap Group)
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3:24 $0.99
6. The Moments In Life (Feat. Michael Dees & The Joel Evans Trio)
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5:18 $0.99
7. Who Needs Love? (Feat. Jenna Mammina & The Joel Evans Quartet)
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3:14 $0.99
8. The Night We Left The Ground (Feat. Bart LeMat & The Larry Dunlap Group)
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3:17 $0.99
9. Whispers In The Night (Feat. Mark Winkler & The Joel Evans Quartet)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:46 $0.99
10. Do That! (Feat. Patrick Maier & The Joel Evans Quartet)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:51 $0.99
11. Watercolor Love (Feat. Tani Tappan Damiano & The Joel Evans Quintet)
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3:40 $0.99
12. Is It Me? (Feat. Michael Dees & The Joel Evans Orchestra)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:35 $0.99
13. You Made A Believer Out Of Me (Feat. Mark Winkler & The Joel Evans Trio)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:45 $0.99
14. Boogie With My Baby (Feat. Tani Tappan Damiano & The Larry Dunlap Group)
Joel Evans & Adryan Russ
3:48 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The companion Songbook is available online as pdf - google: "Sheetmusicplus Evans & Russ Changing My Tune Songbook"

Joel Evans and Adryan Russ met at a gathering of The Society of Composers & Lyricists in Los Angeles. Joel had been writing for film and television and was seeking lyricists. Adryan had been writing pop tunes and songs for musical theater and was looking to write lyrics to great melodies -- and change her tune! They clicked in their mutual love for jazz and old standards. That was 10 ago. They're still working.

Arthur Hamilton, legendary writer of "Cry Me a River" says, "Among their new CD collection of songs, Adryan Russ and Joel Evans offer something very special in "The Moments In Life."  The lyric, the music, the arrangement, and the moving vocal by Michael Dees combine to make the song happen to your heart. Don't even try to get away from it; it'll chase you down the block."

Prolific Hollywood Film & TV Composer Stu Phillips says, "If you love the song styles of 60 years ago (and if you don't, you should), this CD, with songs written by Joel Evans & Adryan Russ and performed by some superb singers, is a MUST. The songs beautifully capture the period of pop music when a lyric meant something and a tune was memorable. CHANGING MY TUNE is the name of the CD and it should be in everyone's collection."

Joel is a composer and bandleader from San Francisco whose extensive list of credits includes major Hollywood films, hip indie flicks, network and daytime television dramas, more than 70 big screen credits and 300 television episodes, including such award-winning movies and hit series as Wedding Crashers and Desperate Housewives.
Recent television and radio ads for P. Diddy's Vodka, "Ciroq," prominently highlight Joel's Big Band number, "Fly Away," co-written with Julius Robinson, performed by Patrick Tuzzolino with Shelly Berg and the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra.
The 2010 tour of the Count Basie Orchestra features Grammy-winning vocalist Carmen Bradford singing Joel's song, "No Easy Way to Say Goodbye,” co-written by lyricist J. Elle. This song is also the title track of award-winning singer Hillary Smith’s CD, which took top honors at the 2009 New Mexico Music Awards: Best Album, Best Vocal Performance & Best Producer.
Miramax’s Doubt, starring Meryl Streep, includes the song “Is It Me?” with lyrics by Adryan Russ. The Rum Diary, Pan Am, HBO’s Grey Gardens, True Blood, Damages, Californication, Dexter and Medium all utilize his work.
Joel has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for many years. He held the position of house pianist and Entertainment Director at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco from 1988-1998. The Yellowjackets, Dave Samuels and Andy Narell have recorded his compositions. He performed with Little Anthony in the feature film Partners, and has backed up artists such as the Coasters, Mickey Gilley and Bobby Freeman.
Joel is most proud of his work with Adryan Russ, whose heartfelt and evocative lyrics elevate his melodies.

Adryan conceived and wrote music and lyrics for Inside Out, an award-winning off-Broadway musical, with playwright/co-lyricist Doug Haverty. Inside Out was published by Samuel French, and the original cast CD distributed by DRG Records. It has been produced across the U.S., and twice in Europe.
She and Haverty were commissioned to develop a new musical, iGhost, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story “The Canterville Ghost,” ( Another of her new musicals with him was selected for presentation at the ASCAP/ Disney Workshop in Los Angeles, and another for the ASCAP Workshop in Chicago with playwright Keith Huff.
She wrote the score for The Ugly Duckling for Storybook Theatre, produced at Los Angeles’ Theatre West, where two of her one-act musicals, In A Different Light and Two Lives, were part of an evening of short plays.
Adryan participated in a tribute to Charles Strouse, with Michael Feinstein, at Carnegie Hall, and at Chicago Humanities Festival’s “ASCAP Cabaret: Her Turn” with Karen Mason. LML Music ( released Everyone Has A Story: The Songs of Adryan Russ, produced by Bruce Kimmel, and arranged by Grant Geissman, featuring David Burnham, Tami Tappan Damiano, Susan Egan, Jason Graae, and Sharon McNight.
For the past ten years, Adryan has received an ASCAP Award for Popular Music. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the Academy for New Musical Theatre, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and currently serves on the Board of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.
While Adryan has been writing lyrics for several years, she feels particularly privileged to have written them to the music of Joel Evans’ masterful new standards.



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Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene Review
Ten years ago, film and television composer Joel Evans met pop and show tune lyricist Adryan Russ. They have been a words and music team ever since. Changing My Tune features 14 of their songs.
Although one could look at this CD as an introduction to the music of Evans and Russ, and easily recommend it to singers looking for superior new material, the performances put it on a higher level. A variety of singers (Dante Marchi, Adam James, Tami Tappan Damiano, Patrick Maier, Michael Dees, Jenna Mammina, Bart LeMat and Mark Winkler) are featured on one to three songs apiece. Each vocalist fares quite well, with Tami Tappan Damiano taking honors in a close contest. But while this CD can also act as an introduction to the singers, the instrumentalists are not to be overlooked.
Fortunately just about every selection has a solo or two from the jazz musicians. Featured along the way are saxophonists Noel Jewkes and Terry Harrington, trumpeter Chris Tedesco, several different guitarists including Brad Buethe, vibraphonist Tommy Kesecker and pianist Larry Dunlap.
The Evans & Russ compositions range from love songs to more whimsical topics. Whether it is “Mirage,” ”The Night We Left The Ground,” ”Do That” or “You Made A Believer Out Of Me,” there is a lot of fresh material, excellent singers and top-notch jazz music well worth exploring on this consistently enjoyable disc.