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Cocktail Combo

by Joel Evans & Friends

New & Original Songs in Classic Cocktail Music Styles - Swing - Jazz - Lounge - Performed by talented vocalists & musicians playing acoustic piano & bass; drums & jazz guitar
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Dancing In Sunshine
3:34 album only
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2. Something Happened Last Night
3:54 album only
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3. Whispers In The Night
3:44 album only
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4. Who Needs Love?
3:11 album only
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5. Hypnotized
4:40 album only
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6. Life Is Good
3:01 album only
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7. Couldn’t Be Me
3:08 album only
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8. Come On Baby, Kiss Me
3:24 album only
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9. How Lucky Can One Person Be?
4:46 album only
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10. Mirage
4:01 album only
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11. Dancing In Sunshine Instrumental
3:35 album only
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12. Something Happened Last Night Instrumental
3:53 album only
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13. Whispers In The Night Instrumental
3:44 album only
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14. Who Needs Love? Instrumental
3:11 album only
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15. Hypnotized Instrumental
4:40 album only
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16. Life Is Good Instrumental
3:00 album only
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17. Couldn’t Be Me Instrumental
3:08 album only
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18. Come On Baby, Kiss Me Instrumental
3:24 album only
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19. How Lucky Can One Person Be? Instrumental
4:46 album only
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20. Mirage Instrumental
3:59 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Track #1, "Dancing In Sunshine", can be heard in the new HBO movie, "Grey Gardens" starring Jessica Lange & Drew Barrymore. Premieres April 18, 2009.

Track #2, "Something Happened Last Night" was featured in the October 2nd, 2007 episode of "The Unit" on CBS.

Track #6, "Life Is Good", was heard in one of the Fall 2007 episodes of "Entourage"

Track #7, "Couldn’t Be Me", was included in the August 8, 2008 episode of CBS' series, "Swingtown".

Cinemasters provides master quality recordings of original songs and source music to the Film & Television industry. Producer Joel Evans has had over 300 song placements including numerous hit TV series episodes and more than 60 Motion Pictures.

Dan Kimpel writes in Music Connection Magazine:

Meet Joel Evans, a musician and bandleader from San Francisco whose extensive list of credits includes major Hollywood films, hip indie flicks, network shows and daytime dramas, over 60 big screen credits and 250 television episodes and counting, from Wedding Crashers to Desperate Housewives.

Evans has built his own catalog, and he has also worked extensively with companies that place songs: Position Music, PEN Music Group, TAXI and many other firms. His first big break in visual media came when he met Marc Ferrari of MasterSource at a pitch session sponsored by the West Coast Songwriters Association. As he recalls, “It turned out to be a bossa nova thing I played for Marc and he included it in his catalog.” When a composer disappeared from a project that needed tracks within a week, Ferrari enlisted Evans. “He sent me a few things to listen to and I got them down with five players, and they’ve since been used a number of times.”

In configuring music, Evans will generally take live players into a studio, track the basics, then return to his home studio to edit, overdub vocals, guitars, piano and other instruments before returning to the original studio to give the tracks the requisite polish. He often e-mails MP3s back and forth with collaborators, and he also enjoys writing with an actual collaborator in the room as well. Among his key co-writers are Nashville-based Lisa Aschmann and pop/theatrical writer Adryan Russ.

Evans’ Hollywood-sophisticated melodies are often used on screen to evoke sumptuous surroundings like hotel lobbies and upscale restaurants, so it’s no coincidence that Evans spent many years performing in just these types of venues as a live player. Swing, big band and jazz: he occupies a decided stylistic niche. “I can’t do everything. I don’t write stuff that’s like what’s on the radio. I decided early on to hell with it, I’m going to do stuff that I love.”

Song info:

1. Dancing In Sunshine 3:34
Mid-Tempo Bouncy, Light-hearted Swing w/ Piano Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Andre Pessis (ASCAP) 50%
Performers: David Sparkman, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

2. Something Happened Last Night 3:52
Mid-Down Tempo Dreamy Jazzy-Pop w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Johnny Elkins(ASCAP) 50%
Performers: Roberta Donnay, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

3. Whispers In The Night 3:41
Slow Romantic Bossa Nova/Rhumba w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Adryan Russ (ASCAP) 50%
Performers: Mark Winkler, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

4. Who Needs Love? 3:08
Mid-Up Tempo Wry Playful Jazz Waltz w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Adryan Russ (ASCAP) 50%
Performers: Jenna Mammina, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

5. Hypnotized 4:41
Mid-Down-Tempo Sensual Bluesy Ballad w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Barbara Martin (ASCAP) 50%
Performers: Loralee Christensen, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

6. Life Is Good 2:58
Mid-Up-Tempo Swingin' Jazz Lounge Combo w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Jeanne Humphrey (ASCAP) 50%
Performers: Angus Mennard, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

7. Couldn’t Be Me 2:35
Mid-Tempo Classic Retro-Pop w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI) 50%, Barbara Martin (ASCAP)
Performers: Loralee Christensen, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

8. Come On Baby, Kiss Me 3:22
Mid-Down Tempo Bluesy Sexy Shuffle w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI), Lisa Aschmann (ASCAP)
Performers: Laurie Gunning-Grossman, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

9. How Lucky Can One Person Be? 4:45
Mid-Down Tempo Lounge Swing w/ Guitar Solo
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI), Adryan Russ (ASCAP)
Performers: Patrick Tuzzolino, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

10. Mirage 4:01
Down-Tempo Wistful Introspective Ballad
Writers: Joel Evans (BMI), Adryan Russ (ASCAP)
Performers: Bobbe Norris, Vocal w/ Joel Evans Quartet

Tracks 11-20 are TV (vocal muted) mixes of Tracks 1-10

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