Lauren Hooker | All for You / My Heart and Soul

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All for You / My Heart and Soul

by Lauren Hooker

Jazz influenced singer songwriter material with a world music, funk, classical, swing style.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All for You (feat. Mike Richmond, Joe Cardello & Paul Meyers)
4:26 $0.99
2. No More Blues Blues (feat. Joe Cardello, Mike Richmond, Vince Ector, Dave Rimelis & Jonathan Luks)
5:18 $0.99
3. As Long as I’m With You (feat. Mike Richmond & Joe Cardello)
4:54 $0.99
4. Lucky in Love (feat. Mike Richmond, Jonathan Luks, Vince Ector & Dave Rimelis)
4:20 $0.99
5. But Where Were You (feat. Ted Brancato, Vince Ector, Joe Cardello & Mike Richmond)
4:31 $0.99
6. Love Still Alive
3:26 $0.99
7. Too Soon (feat. Dave Rimelis, Mike Richmond & Joe Cardello)
6:10 $0.99
8. Both Sides Now (feat. Dave Rimelis, Mike Richmond & Joe Cardello)
5:00 $0.99
9. Shaman’s Call
2:22 $0.99
10. Just Carry Me (feat. Mike Richmond & Dave Rimelis)
4:52 $0.99
11. Little Child
4:25 $0.99
12. Hold Onto the Light (feat. Dave Rimelis)
3:08 $0.99
13. Do You Remember (feat. Mike Richmond, Joe Cardello & Paul Meyers)
6:12 $0.99
14. Here’s to Life
4:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Co-Produced by: Lauren Hooker/Ted Brancato
Engineered by Ted Brancato - Mahogany Studios, Springfield, NJ except track 14 recorded live - Mildred Gardens by Mathew Weiner
Mixed/mastered - Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ by Paul Wickliffe except track 9 mixed by Ted Brancato
Exec. Producers: Bob Evans/Martha Paradis Evans
c 2014 (Musical Legends logo)

ALL FOR YOU – MY HEART AND SOUL liner notes by Scott Yanow – author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76. Contributor to All Music Guide to Jazz, Downbeat, Jazziz.

In her wide-ranging life, Lauren Hooker has had many accomplishments as a singer, lyricist, composer, arranger, pianist, actress, educator, producer, founder of an arts coalition, and the head of her musical education company Musical Legends. Much more than a singer or a musician, she has lived the life of an artist, going from one important project to another and uplifting each area of her life with her creativity, wit and sensitivity.

All For You – My Heart and Soul builds on the success of her first two recordings (Right Where I Belong and Life Of The Music) with an eclectic set of fresh music that, while not confined to one musical genre, is consistently inspired by the influence and chance taking of jazz. “It is a combination of jazz, soul, World Music, singer/songwriter, funk and classical with the use of STRING INSTRUMENTS, ACTING AS A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD WHO WAS A VIOLINIST AND STRING BASSIST.” says Lauren. “There used to be a time when I would write music and, if I decided that it wasn’t jazz, I’d put it aside. But now I just write from my heart; whatever comes out, comes out. It is real. I think that my eclecticism is my strength.”

This recording partly came about when Lauren was given a list by a fan of some of the original songs that she performed and asked what CDs they were from. THAT SAME FAN GAVE HER THE MONIES NEEDED TO RECORD SOME OF HER MOST MEMORABLE ORIGINALS THAT WERE RECENTLY WRITTEN AND SOME THAT WERE LONG OVERDUE. For this project Lauren gathered together a few of her favorite musicians. “Each of the songs has different instrumentation because that is how I heard the pieces in my mind. Mike Richmond, who is heard on bass and cello, is so busy in both the jazz and classical music worlds. He can play in any style wonderfully and with spirit. Paul Meyers contributes some beautiful Brazilian guitar to the set. Drummer Vince Ector always plays great. We have been working on a wide variety of projects for over 18 years. I’ve known violinist Dave Rimelis the longest, since college. He is a marvelous melodic player who has always been very supportive of me. Joe Cardello on percussion has worked on many Broadway shows. Ted Brancato, my co-producer and engineer, plays electric piano on ‘But Where Were You.’ His own album came out last year and included Ron Carter. Tap dancer Jonathan Luks had sat in at one of my gigs and people loved it. It was such fun having him as part of the band.”

The music on All For You is logically programmed with the first four songs being about the joy and importance of love and the next three dealing with being jilted and disappointed by love. Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” acts as a transition before the final six numbers discuss getting deeper into oneself and one’s life. The opening “All For You” is a love song to those who are loyal and supportive throughout one’s life. With its memorable melody and heartfelt lyrics which are beautifully interpreted by Lauren, one could imagine this song becoming a standard in the future. Meyers’ Brazilian guitar is a major asset.

“No More Blues Blues” is a celebratory romp full of uncomplicated happiness, catchy rhythms and joyful scat-singing. “As Long As I’m With You,” is a superior love song about letting go of one’s insecurities and enjoying love. “Lucky In Love” is an exuberant swinger on which violinist Rimelis gets to stretch out. It includes a tapping solo by Luks.

The mood changes with “But Where Were You,” which is about being let down by a lover. Despite that situation Lauren, who scats with plenty of emotion, does not sound at all defeated. “Love Still Alive” deals with unrequited love and, while it is regretful and wistful, it lacks self-pity. Lauren’s piano accompanies her voice during this powerful statement. “Too Soon” is about premature love that burns out quickly. Joe Cardello’s insistent percussion symbolizes a heartbeat that will continue long after this brief affair fades into history.

Being a lover of Joni Mitchell’s music since she was quite young, Lauren was happy to include her own infectious version of “Both Sides Now” which includes a lyrical statement from violinist Rimelis. The brief and atmospheric “Shaman’s Call” has Lauren playing a Native American Wooden flute and a drum, serving as an introduction to her “Just Carry Me.” A tribute to her father, a well-respected conductor and music teacher, “Just Carry Me” has picturesque words that are a perfect match for the loving melody.

“Little Child” puts the focus on a neglected child who is powerless yet still hopeful that things will somehow turn out well in the end. “Hold On For The Light” deals with the tragedy of suicide, and how taking one’s life affects others who love them. “Do You Remember,” which Lauren says is probably her favorite song on the CD, is not only about relationships that do not last as long as one would hope but about returning to one’s original self, the person who one was before life’s events intervened. A dramatic version of the final selection, “Here’s To Life,” perfectly sums up the many components of this CD, a journey into the life, thoughts and wisdom of Lauren Hooker.

These days, Lauren Hooker runs her Musical Legends company, teaches music privately to 25 students, has a Jazz For Kids show, is working with Jonathan Luks in choreographing some of her pieces for a DVD project, and performs regularly in New York and New Jersey.

For Lauren Hooker, All For You – My Heart and Soul is more than just pretty music, it is music with a purpose. “I hope that this CD, in addition to being enjoyed by listeners, will act as a therapeutic vehicle to help people with emotional problems.” It certainly provides listeners with a memorable experience and it is a strong step forward for the creative artist.

From Ted Brancato (Engineer – Co-producer):
It’s been said that success is a journey, not a destination. I am so happy that Lauren included me on the journey that led to the “All For You” album. I’ve gained an appreciation and respect for the many musical talents of this creative dynamo - not only is she a prolific songwriter/lyricist, but she wrote her own arrangements and had a clear sense of what she wanted to accomplish with each song. She surrounded herself with a talented crew of world-class musicians/friends, who then became my friends in the process. I would say that it has been a very successful journey, and the destination ain’t too shabby neither… Thank you Lauren for bringing your music into my life!



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