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Lizzie Thomas | New Sounds from the Jazz Age

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New Sounds from the Jazz Age

by Lizzie Thomas

Passionate, honest, and beautiful, Lizzie Thomas sings the American Songbook with effortless phrasing that naturally swings. Music that stops time.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fascinating Rhythm (feat. Felix Peikli)
3:10 $0.99
2. Our Love Is Here to Stay (feat. Russell Malone)
3:51 $0.99
3. I Didn't Know About You (feat. Russell Malone)
4:51 $0.99
4. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To (feat. Russell Malone)
2:46 $0.99
5. In the Still of the Night
4:31 $0.99
6. One Note Samba
2:13 $0.99
7. Cheek to Cheek
4:24 $0.99
8. Close Your Eyes (feat. Felix Peikli)
3:50 $0.99
9. The Very Thought of You
5:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
On New Sounds from the Jazz Age Ms. Thomas does a marvelous job of bringing out new
adventurous facets of the songs we know and love. The album opens with “Fascinating Rhythm,”
one of two songs on which the incomparable clarinetist Felix Peikli joins Ms. Thomas.
Here the vocalist introduces the song with unexpected rhythm followed by smoky vocals that bring
tingles to the spine. She then moves so quickly into the lyrics, you’re left wondering,
“What just happened?” The album’s joyousness continues with an intoxicating version of
“Our Love is Here to Stay” which begins with a brief intimate solo played by Russell Malone.
The arrangement is gorgeously fluid, with the sweet and effortless voice of Ms. Thomas
leading the rest of the ensemble into a beguiling version of the song.

“I Didn’t Know About You,” a riveting, lesser-known Ellington song, also features the magical work of Russell Malone and introduces Omar Daniels on tenor sax. Ms. Thomas shows her musical prowess by making the music bridge the space between the singer and the listener. “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” opens with a Rock-N-Roll riff on Sinatra’s “To Go Traveling” as Ms. Thomas brings the heart of the Porter tune seductively into the palm of your hand with a sultry voice. “In the Still Of The Night” begins with a Latin groove before the rhythmic line alternates with a gently swinging tempo. Ms. Thomas’ voice pierces the song’s darkness in all its pristine beauty. Her instrument is gorgeous, lustrous, and fierce as she digs into the meaning of each word in the lyric. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classic chart, “One Note Samba” is, perhaps the biggest surprise, while maintaining the shuffling samba beat, Ms. Thomas swings her way through it with magical rhythmic control as she re-invents Jobim’s carefree lyric turning it into something brilliant and vivid.

On many of the songs, Ms. Thomas lets her unique sense of drama shine. “Cheek To Cheek” is one such song. By bridging mid-tempo choruses with a kind of operatic aria, she unfolds a sensitive yet stirring setting of the lyric by enunciating it in equal measures of angelic purity and commanding vocal presence. “Close Your Eyes” brings back Felix Peikli, and Ms. Thomas responds to the clarinet, by weaving her melodious voice with its distinctive sound. The album closes with a heartfelt version of “The Very Thought Of You” cast in the sensuality of an Afro-Caribbean rhythm, Ms. Thomas brings spontaneity to the portrayal of the character in the song infusing it with an unmatched freshness. The album New Sounds from the Jazz Age is significant because it recognizes and builds on the wonderful reality of the traditional songs found in the American Songbook. What we hear is a uniquely
beautiful and provocative new sound.

Secondly, Ms. Thomas selects the repertoire, which explicitly expresses her sense of the most authentic combination of lyric and musicality. She then enlists Colianni to carry her vision in the arrangements and through the musical direction in the studio. Mr. Colianni’s arrangements celebrate Ms. Thomas’ ability to vocalize on racing tempos, effortlessly pivot between styles and key changes, and dig deep into the rich complexities of Ellington, Porter, and Gershwin. Ms. Thomas and Mr. Colianni are joined on this date by renowned bassist Jay Leonhart, who also shares the bass chair with Boots Maleson. Russell Malone and Matt Chertkoff share guitar duties. Bernard Linette occupies the drum chair, while percussion colorist Doug Hendrichs bolsters the rhythm section.

Noteworthy is a miracle of sound engineering brought off by one of NYC’s best - Peter Karl, who created an intimate and
authentic ambiance of an early jazz club by placing all of the musicians within touching distance of one another in a single
room to create the dynamic sound of a “live” recording. The result, New Sounds from the Jazz Age is an album that music
lovers and jazz aficionados will listen to over and over again.

Review by Raul da Gama https://jazzdagama.com/music/lizzie-thomas-new-sounds-form-the-jazz-age/ Miss Thomas “nails” every one of the nine songs in this repertoire. Her versions are extrovert where they should be and deeply impassioned and introvert when the narrative and emotions call for it. All of the music ere is, in effect, a miniature drama in itself and Miss Thomas nails the characters in them to perfection. Finding a wide palette of colours within her naturally warm voice she is equally in her element making her case in the bravado of “Fascinating Rhythm” as well as in the langorous lyricism of “The Very Thought of You”.

The enjoyment of this music and Miss Thomas’ fabulous capabilities as a vocalist extraordinaire is unalloyed whether in the ideal pacing and colouring, including where she brings endless variety to floating soft dynamics on the lyric of “In the Still of the Night” and “Close Your Eyes”. The accompaniment provided by this wonderful ensemble that includes pianist John Colianni, bassist Jay Leonhart, guitarists Russell Malone and the ever inventive winds player Omar Daniels. This makes for magical, harmonically audacious arrangements that are executed by all concerned, with aplomb. Beautifully recorded, this disc truly a disc to savour again and again.



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