Susan Abod | What's Not Wrong?

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What's Not Wrong?

by Susan Abod

If you like melodic, fresh, playful, earthy, and warm vocals, with original smart lyrics that are fun, funny, connected and meaningful; all presented by a great band of musicians who expertly play blues, jazz and pop ballads, this one's for you!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What's Not Wrong?
4:24 album only
2. Under Santa Fe Skies
3:57 album only
3. Caffeine (Live)
3:09 album only
4. Could I Be
4:30 album only
5. Ella
4:40 album only
6. You'd Look Swell
2:24 album only
7. In the Stillness
4:14 album only
8. Lullabye
2:18 album only
9. Tender Moments
3:41 album only
10. Joanie's Song
2:57 album only
11. Too Tired
4:21 album only
12. Homesong
6:50 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"In this exceptional recording, Susan Abod proves that jazz is a feeling. Her original compositions capture the essence of the human spirit – the exuberance as well as the pathos of life. Her voice has a warmth and emotional impact that makes you want to sit back and take it all in. She is one of the most soulful singers you will ever hear. It has been a wonderful experience to be part of this project." Arlen Asher
Multi-woodwind maestro, Arlen Asher is one of New Mexico’s long-standing jazz luminaries. And a recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in The Arts. Arlen worked as an award-winning producer and announcer for KNME-TV, KOB-TV, and KHFM radio, established a private woodwind studio in 1965 and since then has been teaching woodwind fundamentals and jazz improvisation to hundreds of students throughout the US.

"Susan Abod is a musician’s singer – she swings! What you notice first is her soulfulness, which she delivers by her mastery of phrasing and nuance. There is an intimacy in her voice that makes you feel like she is singing only to you. Her songs reach across many genres, yet each is filled with her heart, her wit, her truth, and her imagination. She is an original and creative songwriter and singer who invites you into her world to sit down for a great cup of coffee and heart to heart conversation." Bert Dalton
Jazz pianist, arranger, educator, and producer Bert Dalton, has been living and performing in Santa Fe for 20 years. Bert is one of five recipients of the 2013 Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in The Arts. He has performed with Herbie Mann, Anita O’Day, Bud Shank, Butch Miles, Howard Alden, Frank Morgan, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Regina Carter, Ali Ryerson, Chris Calloway, and the Smothers Brothers. He has opened for Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Grover Washington Jr., Pancho Sanchez, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Dear Potential Listeners,

I am so pleased to share this CD with you – almost 16 years after my first CD, in the moment, was released. Back then I didn’t think I’d ever make another recording.

It all stared one in in 2005, I’d just moved to Santa Fe and I went to a taco place to check out a jazz trio playing there (yes, a taco place) and they were great! After their set, I went up to the piano player, a friendly –looking fellow named Bert Dalton, and asked him about the “jazz scene” here. He said he’d introduce me to it. What a surprise to soon find myself performing and writing songs again!

Then after a gig at Tiny’s in Santa Fe in 2011 playing with Bert and Jon Gagan (bassist/engineer), they encouraged me to “get your songs out there!” I got excited and wanted to do it right away. I had no way of knowing that circumstances around my health would prevent one limitation after another, such that I didn’t record my first session until 2013 and just now completed the project.

Most of the songs I’ve written on this CD reflect the things I love – things that make me laugh or get happy: Ella Fitzgerald singing, drinking coffee, Santa Fe Skies, my friend Joanie, a tender moment when I wake up to the present or making light of the many symptoms I live with. The question “What’s not wrong?” was a meditation exercise offered by Thich Nat Hanh many years ago and it grew into a song. To this day, I often ask myself, “What’s not wrong right now to get me present when I’m lost.

Working on this CD helped to remind me that creativity is a gift that transforms. It has enabled me to accept what is and to relish all my moments of songwriting, singing and recording (and all moments, really). This project’s been very healing for me, and now to share these songs with you well, how amazing is that?”



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