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Reverberant: Poems & Music

by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)

In a departure from Lisa B's previous albums, her 7th record features her free-verse poems (spiced with singing) in compositions created with stellar Bay Area musicians. The theme of reverberation links jazz stories and tales of spiritual self-realization
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Billie Goes Home / Lover Man
5:37 $0.99
2. With Him and Max's Solo
2:59 $0.99
3. Lisa's Lord's Prayers
6:21 $0.99
4. I Am an Orchestra
3:59 $0.99
5. Insulin Shock
2:12 $0.99
6. Bassist, Almost Alone
2:30 $0.99
7. Some Things to Do with Pain
2:44 $0.99
8. To Propagate
2:10 $0.99
9. Listen
1:46 $0.99
10. God No. 2 (Remastered)
2:48 $0.99
11. Reverberant Mashup
3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lisa B’s (Lisa Bernstein's) seventh record, “Reverberant: Poems & Music,” joins the two strands of her work, vocal jazz and poetry, in riveting ways. In a departure from her previous albums – which feature her jazz vocals and poetic rap in original songs and standards – “Reverberant” is grounded in Lisa B’s free-verse poems.

The poems are set in dynamic musical compositions created in the studio with stellar Bay Area-based musicians in duo and trio settings: keyboardists Ben Flint and Scott R. Looney, bassist Marcus Shelby, drummer Jeff Marrs, and multi-instrumentalist James (Jim) Gardiner, also a Grammy-nominated engineer who boasts 42 gold and platinum records and recorded the record, with Lisa at the producing helm, at Pajama Studios in Oakland.

A single from the new album, “I Am an Orchestra: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor,” was released in March 2019, attracting press and song premieres from major jazz sites Jazz Times, Jazziz, All About Jazz, and others, along with thousands of streams.

The 11 pieces in “Reverberant” are linked by the theme of reverberation, literal (resonance) and metaphorical (repercussions), in two overlapping categories, jazz portraits and spiritual self-realization. Mainly spoken, they occasionally showcase Lisa’s singing. Some of the pieces draw from Lisa B's other career as a clairvoyant/intuitive reader and coach.

Many of the poems appeared in esteemed literary journals (Kenyon Review, Lilith, Brilliant Corners, Sequestrum, Caliban). Some of the work was supported by creative writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and others. Lisa has released six previous full-length records and authored one poetry book ("The Transparent Body," Wesleyan University Press) and one poetry chapbook ("Anorexia," Five Fingers).

The new record comes hot on the heels of Lisa B’s January 2018 release from Jazzed Media, “I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined,” which inspired widespread critical praise, radio play, and listener enthusiasm.

Early review of the new record!:

" 'Reverberant: Poems & Music' riding the bleeding edge of the jazz and poetry resurgence...The difference that she's writing and performing her own material...if [Tom] Waits wants to go back to his beatnik days, she could easily be the...thrush that opens the show for him. A delightful postcard direct from the black clothes lounge."
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record

On 2018's "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined":

“With the freewheeling control of the raw materials that only the finest jazz practitioners possess, B takes possession of [Cole] Porter's witty, poignant stories... a true American original.”
- Ted Panken, Downbeat critic, from the liner notes

“B brings her poet’s incisive ear to uncover the roiling emotions beneath [Cole] Porter’s glittering confections.”
- Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside

Some earlier reviews:

“Whatever she knows or sings comes, in Whitman’s term, from the body electric.”
- Frances Mayes, author of “Under the Tuscan Song” and other books, in San Jose Mercury

“A singer, spoken-word artist, and poet with an incisive way of chronicling situations, memories and emotions…a pliable, expressive voice dipped in blue.”
- Lucy Tauss, Jazz Times



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