Sara Lacombe | Sophisticated Lady

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Sophisticated Lady

by Sara Lacombe

Timeless classic Jazz featuring thirteen beloved Great American songbook standards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. September in the Rain
2:20 album only
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2. All the Things You Are
2:41 album only
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3. Sway
3:43 album only
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4. I’m in the Mood for Love
4:44 album only
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5. My Baby Just Cares for Me
3:22 album only
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6. Summer Wind
2:10 album only
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7. Moon River
2:22 album only
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8. Fly Me to the Moon
3:03 album only
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9. Autumn Leaves
6:11 album only
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10. Blue Moon
5:08 album only
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11. Sunny Side of the Street
3:11 album only
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12. Sophisticated Lady
4:30 album only
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13. Shadow of Your Smile
3:28 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
INTRODUCING SARA LACOMBE,
JAZZ’S NEW ‘SOPHISTICATED LADY”!
THE MULTI-TALENTED SINGER AND PERFORMER
VIBES WITH GRAMMY NOMINATED PIANIST/ARRANGER
ROB MULLINS FOR A FRESH, DYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE
ON 13 BELOVED GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK STANDARDS

Sara LaCombe breathes fresh and dynamic new life into 13 Great American Songbook classics
on her stunning, multi-faceted debut album whose title perfectly captures her emergence as a
contemporary ‘Sophisticated Lady’ of jazz.

Produced and arranged by Grammy nominated pianist, composer, arranger and recording
artist Rob Mullins, ‘Sophisticated Lady’ is a grand, multi-faceted showcase for the Los Angeles
and Minnesota based vocalist and performer’s powerful and emotional storytelling talents.
Backed by Mullins’ piano and the swinging rhythm section of Paul Morin (bass) and Brian Head
(drums), Sara creates an artful balance between paying homage to our collective musical past
and discovering a remarkable way forward for jazz in the present day.

Sara’s vocal prowess and ability to swing bursts forth from the first strains of her soulful,
wistful take on “September in the Rain” and the lighthearted, playfully jazzy twist she puts on
the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song “All The Things You Are” – which features one of
Mullins’ signature lively piano solos. Easing from jazzy swing to spirited Latin rhythms, “Sway”
(originally popularized by Dean Martin) showcases Sara’s dreamy, sensual vocals over Mullins’
easy flowing piano and drummer Brian Head’s subtle Latin percussion.

Sara reveals a hushed intimacy with her graceful vocals on the elegant “I’m In the Mood
for Love,” then amps up to show her spunky, bluesier side on Mullins’ spicy, high energy boogie-
woogie arrangement of “My Baby Just Cares For Me.” Varying the tempos further, the
lighthearted “Summer Wind” (most closely associated with Frank Sinatra) finds Sara in a
confident, strutting mode, while “Moon River” brings her back to sharing her most gentle vocal
graces on a simple piano-voice duet. Sara and the trio pull out all the jazzy cool stops on a sparse
but lively take on “Fly Me to the Moon,” whose first verse is presented as a simple vocal-bass
duet before the whole trio kicks in.

On an expansive, gently swinging arrangement of “Autumn Leaves,” Sara brings sparks
of joy to the usual melancholy while mixing Johnny Mercer’s haunting English lyrics with a
verse sung in the song’s original French. ‘Sophisticated Lady’ also includes a mid-tempo ballad
arrangement of “Blue Moon”; a slyly rolling hipster twist that fully conveys the joys of living
exuberantly “On The Sunny Side of the Street”; and a sensual, easy grooving take on “The
Shadow of Your Smile.”

Ironically, Sara sees the title track, Duke Ellington’s timeless “Sophisticated Lady,” as
something of an outlier, different in tone and intention from the rest of the set list. She shares a
deeper, lower part of her vocal range as part of a graceful and sensual, almost meditative
presentation with darker soul edges.

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