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Siren Song

by The Lush Life Players

San Francisco-based ensemble that deliver luscious, romantic lounge and moody, modern jazz interpretations. Featuring vocals, jazz viola, & sweeping piano, LLP recalls everything from Sarah Vaughan to Stephane Grappelli.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. I've Got You Under My Skin
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2. I Only Have Eyes for You
5:22 $0.99
3. Lush Dream 1
0:44 $0.99
4. The Girl from Ipanema
4:45 $0.99
5. Prelude to a Kiss
4:40 $0.99
6. Lush Dream 2
1:12 $0.99
7. Willow Weep for Me
4:14 $0.99
8. Lush Life
8:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Luscious, sexy, smoky voiced chanteuse with daring accompanist picks up viola and wows us all with her personal spin on standards like Come Rain or Come Shine, Cry Me a River and of course, their namesake anthem Lush Life."
- Sidney Sharp, KUSF

The Lush Life Players, featuring Teri Untalan and Scott Looney (see individual bios) are a San Francisco-based ensemble that deliver modern and moody interpretations of some of the finer jazz standards, and torch songs.

With a set that may include pieces made popular by greats like Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Julie London, LLP can captivate any audience and provide exceptionally elegant entertainment. Untalan's vocals are sultry and throaty, epitomizing the crooning style of '40s-era divas. And her viola swings like a meatier Grapelli. Meanwhile, Looney's accompaniment on the keys is more Thelonious Monk than Duke Ellington, adding a moodiness and richness to Teri's haunting melodies.

The Lush Life Players are available as a duo, a trio (adding bass) or a quartet (adding drums and bass). Their romantic sound is an excellent choice for private parties and events, and their versatility allows them to adapt to any audience and situation. LLP has been seen at the Upstairs Paradise, Café Claude, Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store & Café, and the Make Out Room.

TERI UNTALAN - Singer, Songwriter, Violist. This diverse performer's most recent credits include two viola tracks on guitarist Buckethead's album "Colma"(Cyberoctave Records), and singing/writing on Westside Chemical's electronica album, "Black & Blue" (Stray Records).

Originally from Portland, OR., Teri has been active in the Bay Area for the last ten years, she's performed everything from folk & pop-rock to experimental; from jazz & classical to electronica. Her range simply runs deeper and farther than most string players or singers. She migrated west to California from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she pursued classical training, and studied composition, film scoring, voice and viola. The latter she studied under world-renowned jazz violinist, Matt Glazer.

In San Francisco, she continued her string studies with former Turtle Island String Quartet violist & composer Katrina Wreede, and began compiling a list of her own noteworthy accomplishments. Other impressive experiences include being a fulltime player in Miko and the Boombox, with the former Prince guitarist Miko, playing with the SF-based eclectic rock band Hat, and fronting her own song-based ensemble, Daughter.

In 1995 she also appeared as a guest vocalist/instrumentalist with Mr. Nobody's Cabaret of Life, during it's run at the Cafe du Nord and the Plush Room in San Francisco. In both 1999 and 2001, APAture (a multidisciplinary exhibit for Young Asian Pacific American artists) selected Teri to be a showcase performer.

Having recently produced The Lush Life Players CD, "Siren Song", she's now working on a new recording of her original songs. She can also be seen occasionally backing up local songsmith, David Hopkins, and playing in the high-octane improv group, MoeKestra! Don't be surprised to see her in more collaborative performances to come....

"...her magnificent voice completely at her imaginative control...combines crystalline clarity with formidable...evocative power, providing sensual surprises with every note... and if that's not enough, she also plays a very mean viola."
--Tom Kelly, the San Francisco Bay Times

SCOTT R. LOONEY- Pianist, composer. Scott is an active Bay Area composer and improviser of new and Experimental music as well as jazz. Prior to his move West, Scott studied at Coe College in Iowa under Paul Smoker.

He continued his work under James Newton, Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith at the California Institute of the Arts, and then moved again, this time to New York, where he honed his skills as an improviser while playing with Ken Filiano, Phil Haynes, Randy McKean, Jim Black, and Reuben Radding. In 1996, he moved to Oakland where he has performed with Leo Smith, Don Plonsey, Matt Ingalls, Adam Lane and Tom Nunn.

Among his many CD's credits are his own solo piano work and his improvisational group, the Recursive Heretics. As an active organizer and supporter of local improvisers, he publishes the Trans Bay Calendar - a newsletter and calendar of events for creative and improvisational artists in the Bay Area.

He also produces events in support of local improvisers at the 1502 Performance Space in Oakland.



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C. Light

faaaabulous ...
... because I recognize the songs (mostly old standards) but don't recognize the spin. Teri's voice is formal and spooky, and wakes you up to the hidden corners in familiar songs. She subverts the easy pathos of stringed instruments (especially throaty/weepy violas). This CD is cool and a little perverse, never background music but also never intrusive.