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Daydreams

by Soraya Shaw

"Her voice, with it's velvety tones, is reminiscent of singer Astrud Gilberto who popularized the famous Brazil 66 sound. You can buy her CD and play it during those endless freeway commutes. It may just change the way you feel about the road ahead."
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Daydream
4:38 album only
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2. Ain't Misbehavin'
3:57 album only
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3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
2:53 album only
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4. Gentle Rain
4:14 album only
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5. Night and Day
3:57 album only
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6. In a Sentimental Mood
4:38 album only
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7. Caravan
3:37 album only
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8. For Heaven's Sake
5:00 album only
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9. Body and Soul
4:51 album only
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10. I Got Rhythm
2:25 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Breeeeeeathe! Breathe deep. It's easier to do while taking in the sounds of vocalist Soraya Shaw's debut CD "Daydreams." In today's hectic world, this soothing collection of jazz standards beautifully sets the mood for relaxation and romance.

Shaw's crystalline and ethereal vocals envelop timeless tunes such as "Night and Day," "Body and Soul," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart." Her convincing and sensual delivery defines her as a modern-day diva of classic love songs.

"The words to these songs are so relatable and they all have an element of romance," said Shaw. "They have strong melodies and beautiful chord structures behind them. I think people always appreciate a great melody with words that strike a chord in their own experiences."

Before Shaw set foot in the studio to record "Daydreams," she spent a great deal of time contemplating the stylistic elements of the project. The Missouri native wanted to put a new and exciting spin on the old tunes, while staying true to their original spirit.

When the timing felt right, Soraya approached several acclaimed jazz musicians to assist her in putting the songs together. She also hired engineer/producer Wayne Cook, who is a former member of the 1970s rock group Player. In the studio, Cook has engineered projects for groups such as Manhattan Transfer and Yellow Jackets.

"I had a lot of confidence in everyone that worked on my record," said Shaw, a resident of Los Angeles. "Even though I was making all the final decisions, I felt as though I could still lean on them for support. I knew that whatever suggestions they would make would be good."

Since childhood, Shaw has had a passion for Latin music. That influence is brilliantly displayed on her CD. Tunes such as "Body and Soul," and the title track, "Daydream," combine traditional jazz arrangement with strains of sambas and bossa novas.

Shaw also is influenced by her training in classical music. After graduating from Saint Louis University in the mid-1990s with a bachelor's degree in fine and performing arts, she considered a career as an opera singer.

During that time, Shaw showcased her 3½-octave range by singing in classical music recitals. There, she performed pieces by composers such as Schubert, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Puccini and Duparc. She was also featured in productions under the direction of internationally renowned opera director Colin Graham.

As Shaw forges ahead with a clear idea of her artistic identity, she plans to continue to uniquely re-create the music of the 1930s and '40s. She says she not only desires to keep the tradition of classic tunes alive, but also wants to set a new standard for ingenuity and creativity in her genre.

"As I was working on "Daydreams," I was thinking ahead about the next CD," said Shaw, who has studied under the same instructor as famed opera singer Jessye Norman. "It will definitely be another album of standards."

"I enjoy performing and recording music that is worthwhile to listen to. These classic songs have held up remarkably over time and never seem to go out of style."
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REVIEWS

"Once in a while you come across a singer whose voice manages to catch your ear and turn your head. Such are the soprano tones that Soraya Shaw uses in her renditions of classic jazz songs. Unlike most classically trained singers, she doesn't overpower you with the trills she can do: rather, she has come up with an ethereal style that bristles with sensuality. Ultimately candlelit and romantic, it is definitely music to put you in the mood for more amorous pursuits. Don't say I didn't warn you."
-Paul Andersen, Entertainment Today


"Shaw, who herself teaches voice and piano, is an obvious admirer of Duke Ellington, with numerous cuts on the CD
by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. And her approach fits the music like a comfy, snug glove.
The opening cut, 'Daydream', immediately displays the singer's range and
chops, her pure, sweet, expressive voice soaring over a light Latin rhythm. "I
Let a Song Go Out of My Heart' is jaunty and jovial, while 'Caravan' is more on the intense, soulful side.
Add some non-Ellington items, like Fats Waller's 'Ain't Misbehavin'' and a
most sensual 'Body and Soul,' and you have a first-rate, quite refined effort."
-Steve Eddy, Orange County Register


"The CD, 'Daydreams', features Shaw's gauzily ethereal soprano voice... a
sensuous program of jazz standards....."
-Long Beach Press Telegram



"Her voice, with it's velvety tones, is reminiscent of singer Astrud Gilberto
who popularized the famous Brazil 66 sound. You can buy her CD and play it
during those endless freeway commutes. It may just change the way you feel
about the road ahead."
-Sandy Robins, Gazette Newspapers


"The result is an alluring collection of jazz standards delivered by Shaw's smooth and eloquent style. Her classical training shows in the vocal range and expression she exhibits throughout the CD."
-Brian Brannon, Seal Beach Sun


"(Soraya) Shaw's soprano delivery, while bold and confident with seamless phrasing, remains cool...Ballads and up-tempo swingers are interpreted through crystal clear lyrics and rich, accurate sonority...."
-Jim Santella, L.A. Jazz Scene

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