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Blue Divine

by Tammy Hall

Hall's deep experience reveals itself with one cursory listen - the unique twists on classic jazz/blues compositions, the gorgeously refined technique of seamlessly switching keys, emotive melodies, and moods. A jazz classic from Elfenworks Productions.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Los Faroles
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2. For Miss Jones
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3. Lauren's Step
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4. Blue Divine
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5. Hymn for Lacy B
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6. Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce
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7. To the Ancestors
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8. Back to the Source
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9. Maui Shimmers
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10. Sermon in Blue
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San Francisco Bay Area jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Tammy Hall has been successfully packing in local clubs and venues for decades, with unique, distinctive, lively performances of everything from jazz and Brazilian to salsa and classical, and both original tunes and renditions. In this classic from 2006, listeners experience Hall’s creative expressivity, with original compositions found only on this album.

"Blue Divine," features nine original compositions. Hall’s first jazz quartet CD, it's an absorbing treat for audiences, with highly crafted arrangements and a contagious, warm chemistry among the musicians. Among the highlights are: the upbeat, toe-tapping "Back to the Source," the ambitious jazz suite "To Our Ancestors," and "Hymn to Lacy B.," which is bookmarked by mournful melodies and is a tribute to her maternal grandmother, who raised her and, along with her other grandmother, helped pay for her musical training. Also on the CD is a tribute to the late blues/jazz vocalist Etta Jones, a good friend of Hall's who died three years prior to the recording. "Maui Shimmers," which benefits from an atmospheric vibe that's reminiscent of sunlight bouncing off the water - was inspired by a Maui vacation. And in contrast, there's the playfulness of "Lauren's Step," composed for album's producer. There are so many moods here. This album, so filled with introspection, called for a special name. It’s driven by a hue that holds a special place in Hall's heart. "I actually see the color blue when I play these pieces," explains Hall about the album title. "Blue is my favorite color. It's a divine color, a color of healing, majesty, dreams and of course, the blues."

This CD hails from a beautiful moment in Hall’s career, and you can hear that “aliveness” in the music. At about the same time as this CD was being released, a 55-minute poetic visual documentary on Hall’s music, “Tammy Hall: Reflections,” was garnering official selection laurels at film festivals all over the world. Directed by Lauren Speeth, the film featured Hall's jazz favorites and original compositions, and combined Hall’s musical artistry with sophisticated cinematography and special effects by master animator Tim Schaller. The blending of her performance with dream-like animation invited viewers to escape into a world of visual metaphor inspired and driven by the emotional qualities of the music. Screenings included: Black Earth Film Festival; Globians International Film Festival in Potsdam, Germany; Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary’s Ocean Film Festival; Mendocino Film Festival; Reel Women Festival in Los Angeles; and Ybor Festival of the Moving Image. Reflections also won the overall music video category as well as Best Jazz Short at its screening at The Indie Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, and was Best International Documentary Short at Calgary Fringe Film Festival in Canada. Hall was on a high note in 2006, and Blue Divine captures it perfectly. You’ll love this album… we just know it!

Blue Divine features Tammy Hall (piano), Kent Bryson (drums), Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion), and Marcus Shelby (upright bass). Produced by Lauren Speeth and recorded, mixed, and mastered at Fantasy Studios by Stephen Hart. The CD received air-play on several jazz stations, and garnered Hall a coveted spot with Marian McPartland on the NPR show Piano Jazz. Listen for yourself and you’ll see why McPartland noted Hall’s “originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight." Hall’s deep experience reveals itself with one cursory listen to this music - the unique twists on classic jazz/blues compositions, the gorgeously refined technique of seamlessly switching keys, emotive melodies, and moods, the breathtaking range of genres she incorporates into her repertoire. All in all, both the album and film are remarkable achievements, hallmarks of a blooming talent who had loads to offer the ever-branching jazz universe.

Fast forward to today, and Hall is still one of the most in-demand musicians in the Bay Area. She has a storied musical career that defies reduction to a single paragraph. Stylistically, Tammy Hall is equally gifted in Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Brazilian, Salsa and Funk. Her major influences include Tania Maria, Beethoven, Liszt, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donnegan, and Thelonious Monk. Like her influences, Tammy brings a virtuosity to the piano that is never ostentatious, and her approach to the music is always genuine and fresh. Over the years, Hall has worked with many jazz greats, including Etta Jones, Connie Champagne, Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, Ruth Davies, Mark Epstein, Philip Hamilton, Etta Jones, Frankye Kelly, Veronica Klaus, Lady Mem'fis, Allison Miller, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Houston Person, Sassy Divas, Liza Silva, Robert Stewart, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Voz Do Brazil, Rhonda Benin, Little Jimmy Scott, and a host of others. Her arrangements have been used for myriad live music performances, domestically and internationally. For a time, she lived abroad in Japan, where she was much sought after as a performer. And she always makes time for charity work for a wide variety of causes ranging from homelessness, children’s issues, housing and more, e.g., Help Is on the Way, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, Children's Hospital of Oakland's Miracle Network, to name just a few. For a more complete bio, and news about where to catch her in performance, visit her website.

Elfenworks Productions, LLC, “Beyond Film & Music,” is a multimedia production company specializing in positive storytelling with a pro-social vision. Our projects – whether internally originated or in partnership with others – range from soothing & nourishing the senses to capturing & celebrating the moment to imagining the possible. With a creative, professional team of storytellers that brings expertise, integrity, intelligence and insight to bear on every effort, be it a film, a song, an app, an animation, or whatever’s next, the common element is to inspire and uplift. Check out what’s new, and sign up for our newsletter - on our website.



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Jean Bartlett

Blue Divine is a perfect slice of right
Samba, blues, gospel and rhythm poetry, fingers settling on piano keys with jazz majesty and grace of knowledge – pianist/composer Tammy Hall knows how to take her listener into a perfect slice of right.

Sambista Italiana

This CD is Heavenly!
This is a must have CD for those who love smooth jazz, latin jazz, and perfect piano jazz. Blue Divine releases the awsome power of the Divine Ms Tammy Hall. Now that I have it, I couldn't live without this CD.

patrick mordier

beautiful and sunny harmony salsa /bossa
l like this kind of sunny harmony and salsa rythme congretulation for the great job and inspiration of this artist.