Valerie Troutt Jazzsoul Project | The Sound of Peace

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The Sound of Peace

by Valerie Troutt Jazzsoul Project

The keeper and expander of a rich cultural legacy in music and consciousness-raising, Troutt’s latest project, The Sound of Peace, borrows from the past and gives to the future. Half jazz standards innovatively reimagined for contemporary audiences and half truth-telling originals penned by the lady herself, the Troutt produced project is an overture to her fans for not only social change, but also their own self-acceptance. Recorded at Project West Studios in Berkeley Ca, and Produced by Pianist Emanuel Ruffler in New York. The musicians, including Darian Gray and Jazz Sawyer on drums, Raul Parales on electric bass, and Maya Kronfeld on Piano. Accordingly, this project has a live music feel absent Troutt’s more electronic 2008 debut EP, Prepare for a Future. With live studio recording also comes more of the unexpected and unplanned dynamic moments that hallmark Troutt’s signature sound. Whether Troutt is tackling an innovative arrangement of the classic “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Suddenly Awake
2:23 $0.99
2. Fly Me to the Moon
5:28 album only
3. Morning Light Blues
3:55 $0.99
4. Interlude Valerie & Maya Kronfeld
1:41 album only
5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3:51 album only
6. Oilystaircase
6:55 $0.99
7. The Sound of Peace
3:48 $0.99
8. Dienda
5:47 album only
9. Motif Love & Forgiveness
2:54 album only
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Valerie Troutt and "The Sound of Peace"
Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies. ~L. Michael Gipson, Faithwalk

CD Review by Lee Hildebrand, EastBay Express
Oakland singer-songwriter Valerie Troutt's father is a blues and jazz singer-guitarist and her mother a preacher. She grew up singing gospel music at Bishop Walter Hawkins' Love Center Church, studied jazz at The New School in New York City, and spent two years as a member of Linda Tillery's Cultural Heritage Center Choir. All of those influences shine through the music on her first full-length CD, The Sound of Peace.

There was a time when black love was divine and music was her child/Through her smile lays our history of pain and laughter/Spirit guide us along, she sings on "Dienda," a ballad by the late Kenny Kirkland to which she set lyrics. Maya Kronfeld's elegant piano chords supply the sole accompaniment as Troutt caresses the plaintive melody in sustain-rich, at times breathy, mezzo tones. It's the most satisfying song of the bunch.

Other players, including bassists David Ewell and Raul Perales, drummers Darian Gray and Darrell Green, tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley, guitarist Eric Volger, and harmony vocalist Solas B. Lalgee, join in on the remaining nine numbers, seven of them penned by Troutt. An optimistic attitude permeates many of her tunes, particularly the self-affirming title track and the simultaneously swinging and funky "Suddenly Awake." And the singer's arrangements of Bart Howard's "Fly Me to the Moon" and Rodgers and Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" take those familiar standards down rhythmic roads much less traveled. (self release) ~ Lee Hildebrand, EBX



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