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Planet Chill: Memoirs of a Jazz Band

by L.Zaide

In his debut album project Planet Chill: Memoirs of a Jazz Band, L.Zaide teamed up with Las Vegas' best jazz musicians to create a digable blend of hot rhythms, icy instrumental solos... and cool, whispery vocals.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fly Me To The Moon
4:06 $0.99
2. I Only Have Eyes For You
5:00 $0.99
3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
3:24 $0.99
4. Blue & Sentimental
3:15 $0.99
5. Night & Day
5:41 $0.99
6. Corcovado
5:03 $0.99
7. Blue Moon
3:30 $0.99
8. April In Paris
5:35 $0.99
9. Caravan
4:17 $0.99
10. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
4:44 $0.99
11. Corcovado - The Chill Take*
5:13 $0.99
12. Night & Day - Planet L.Zaide Intro*
5:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
The philosophical concept of the album Planet Chill: Memoirs of a Jazz Band is a compilation of ten memoir entries that represent ten of L.Zaide's most profound, intense and personal experiences in love and life through the use of ten of the most popular jazz classics ever written. L.Zaide's intimate vocal interpretation of each song leads one to believe that he is expressing himself to you, and only you, with a flavor reminiscent of Chet Baker. The musical concept of the album is that it's a fantastic collection of great songs, blending the fiery-hot, swinging instrumentals of Las Vegas' best jazz musicians; blended in with the cool, whispery and sexy sound of L.Zaide's vocal performance to create an overall exciting, melodic and artistic jazz album.

The album begins with the classic song "Fly Me to the Moon," a smooth bossa nova arrangement featuring solos by guitarist Richard Forrester and pianist Tony Branco. The overall performance of this song takes the listener back to the last time they were so in love that they felt as if they had wings. The second song features solos by bassist Geoff Neuman and guitarist Joe Lano in the classic hit, "I Only Have Eyes for You." The song is introduced very intimately as if you were the only one that exists in L.Zaide's eyes, but with a joyfully, swinging ending to celebrate love. The songs "I Fall In Love Too Easily," "Blue & Sentimental" and "Blue Moon" all feature great solos by saxophonist Jon Geever, trumpet player Gil Kaupp and guitarist Joe Lano. Each of these three "memoir entries" represent the intensely lonely time in a man's life when he yearns for the touch of a woman's hand; the desire for a woman's love; and how much it hurts when she's gone.

With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, the hit classic "Night & Day" features a fiery solo from guitarist Joe Lano to help L.Zaide express the deep carnal desire for the woman he loves. True romance comes to life in the great bossa nova classic "Corcovado," with melodic solos by pianist Tony Branco and guitarist Richard Forrester to bring to life the feeling of romance a man may have when walking the beaches of Rio de Janeiro with the woman he loves. Vernon Duke's, "April In Paris" is interpreted by L.Zaide as a song of nostalgia, that if it were possible to be enamored with something other than one specific person, then it could be possible to fall in love with the energy, the vitality and the beauty that is Paris. There is proof that love can be exciting in L.Zaide's vocal arrangement of "Caravan," featuring three rhythm changes: the primitive toms of afro-cuban beats; to the dancing rhythm of disco; to the hot nature of down-home swing. In the final memoir entry "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," L.Zaide takes jazz home to the basics of "swingin' hard as hell," with the fiery instrumental solos by guitarist Richard Forrester, bassist Geoff Neuman, pianist Tony Branco and drummer (and co-producer) Nolan Stolz. This song brings a man to life, aggressively and confidently pursuing the woman of his dreams while keeping himself chill as ice, and cool as jazz.

Although the album's philosophical concept is complex and the musical concept is dynamic, the ultimate goal of these memoirs is to remind you that although we live in this age of arrogance, pretense, violence and hate, sometimes all we need to do is sit back, relax, grab a cocktail...

...and just chill.

If you would like to read the actual memoirs and written interpretations of each song in full, please visit L.Zaide's website at: http://www.lzaide.com



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John Gilbert - eJazzNews

A First Class Singer!
L.Zaide has all the attributes of a first class singer and should be a force in the jazz idiom.

Boris Sadkhin

The best CD I have ever purchased
This CD is so awesome. I don't find a really really good CD often and after hearing a few samples of Planet Chill, I was hooked. I ordered the CD off amazon and when I listened to it in my stereo, I was hooked. I have listened to this CD for hours and hours and hours and I never get sick of it.
Planet Chill got me through some tough times, and I love the songs immensely.


Very relaxing, great clear voice,good old fashioned real jazz
Makes me feel like I'm back in the good days when music was pure and simple,clean, skilled,artistic and reflected real emotion ..its about time.

Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz Magazine

L.Zaide showcases, with reverence, ten American Songbook Classics
The black CD cover, the dark sunglasses, the singer's scowling face eclipsed by shadow—a sort of Meet the Beatles shot, minus three, with a big dose of new millennium attitude. You might think you were in for some obstreperous rap sounds. But L. Zaide's Planet Chill showcases the velvet-voiced singer, embracing, with reverence, ten American Songbook classics.

Zaide's vocal delivery has been compared to trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker's—a cool, smooth flow, a relaxed and effortless croon. The similarity is there, but he's much better technically, and a whole bunch deeper emotionally; also mix in some whispery Joao Gilberto gentleness. And speaking of Gilberto, Zaide offers up a marvelous version of Jobim's “Corcovado.” Cole Porter's “Night & Day” churns through a nice rhythmic upgrade—into an Afro-Cuban mode—after a ballad-time intro with Jon Geever's tenor sax counterpointing Zaide's hushed, androgynous vocal.

Zaide's story is an interesting one. The son of Phillipine immigrants, he migrated—from home base Chicago—to Las Vegas to pursue the perennial day job in Hotel and Entertainment Administration, an occupation that introduced him to some of the gambling/entertainment mecca's finest musicians. A longtime night time gig singer, Zaide decided to hire some of those players to document his love for the songbook classics, resulting in this fine, if oddly titled effort.

Karl Stober - eJazzNews.com

Taking in stride the task of insightful interpretation speaks volumes for an artist. One who looks outside the craft and into the soul of a piece is so rare an occurrence. In the debut release by Rebel Phi records of L. Zaide’s Planet Chill: Memoirs of a Jazz Band we become stimulated by something much deeper than the sound. It’s his mystical delivery of intense memoirs within the project that excite.

Included in this debut is an insightful vocalist who looks beyond the notes to sculpt the sound. More so, L.Zaide ventures out into concepts never before unearthed in these standards.

“April in Paris” flows nicely with the sense he is singing directly into your eyes telling of his passions of Paris. Easily described and an experiment in ocular expression set to music. This cut is a powerful example of his philosophical mentality when it comes to the performance of jazz.

On the other side we hear a different L.Zaide on “Caravan” as the arrangement may be complex with rhythms the vocalization is front and center. The arrangement can be best summed up as erratic splendor although at times raw, it has personality.

“Night & Day” is also a cut worth a few intense spins. As intense as his work and mindset may seem, the project is launching off with ease. L.Zaide makes the listener think and enjoy at the same time. Does the spin have meaning? Yes! However it says one thing more. Asking the listener to stay tuned for finer sounds to come from L.Zaide in the future.