nights of key largo/ tesa souter/日本爵士发烧厂VENUS铭盘//获SJ金赏奖//日盘(ifpi)
enus Records是一家来自日本的爵士唱片公司，标榜“赋予爵士新生活方式”，出版的唱片屡获日本权威爵士杂誌Swing Journal金唱片大赏，而且在国内外都获得了不起的商业成功。不同於本土性的日本唱片公司，Venus Records旗下的艺人多为美国实力派爵士乐手，兼容各种风格流派，并且多半是请乐手在美国完成演出和录音。这种做法使得之前诸如Denon、JVC、TBM等日本爵士乐唱片公司发行的唱片常被批评为和风较浓、国际视野不足等问题都迎刃而解。再者，Venus Records非常重视录音质量，专辑都是在美国顶尖录音室如纽约著名的Avatar Studio与The Studio进行录制，之后在东京的录音室中将母带经过24比特“Hyper Magnum Sound”方式重新混音，获得更乾净的背景与精致富动态的音质。Venus Records的制作人原哲夫先生称：“Venus Records的爵士乐希望能够带给乐迷们如同坐在Jazz Club第一排中间座位听音乐那样的感动。因此，请大家在自己心爱的音响系统中聆听Venus唱片，重现舞台的原貌。相信一定可以享受到真正的Acoustic Jazz Sound！” Venus Records推出限量生产的经典录音24K纯金版CD，虽然售价高昂，不过就质论价却称得上物有所值。Venus Records让老录音重新绽发光芒的杰出技术，让人为之嘆服。这款《艳影情怀》就是Venus Records限量24K纯金版CD系列其中之一，由女歌手泰莎．索特（Tessa Souter）演出灌录。这张泰莎．索特的专辑的确让人惊艳。泰莎．索特算是纽约乐界新崛起的歌手，之前仅发过一张专辑，Venus Records星探果然是眼光独到。这位女歌手的嗓音表现方式有点像“成熟版”的Stacey Kent，又带著一种独特的五六十年代白人爵士女歌手Peggy Lee、Dinah Shore等人的味道。专辑的选曲颇为独到，多首电影歌曲穿插其间，其中007主题曲之一的《You Only Live Twice》、Van Morrison的名曲《Moondance》、约翰．列儂的《Imagine》应是试听首选，泰莎．索特的改编自成一派且保留了原曲的美好旋律。还有Dusty Springfield的《The Look Of Love》，是该曲最佳翻唱版本之一，丝毫不逊色於Diana Krall的版本。（介绍来自声纳音乐网，致谢！）演出阵容： TESSA SOUTER--VOCAL JOEL FRAHM--TENOR&SOPRANO SAX KENNY WERNER--PIANO ROMERO LUBAMBO--GUITAR JAY LEONHART--BASS BOLLY DRUMMOND--DRUMS
TEASA SOUTER / NIGHTS OF KEY LARGO
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泰莎．索特：大礁岛之夜 Tessa Souter: Nights Of Key Largo (CD) 【Venus】
Tessa Souter - vocal
Joel Frahm - tenor & soprano sax
Kenny Werner - piano
Romero Lubambo - guitar
Jay Leonhart - bass
Billy Drummond - drums
Venus Gives New Life To Jazz. Venus is Jazz.
Venus制作人原哲夫先生：「Venus爵士乐希望能够带给乐迷们如同坐在Jazz Club第一排中间座位听音乐那样的感动。因此，请大家在自己心爱的音响系统中聆听Venus，重现舞台的原貌。相信一定可以让您们享受到真正的Acoustic Jazz Sound！」 来自日本的Venus厂牌，成立於1992年，录制了为数眾多的经典爵士名盘，其音乐层次丰富、充满渲染力，而能让听眾如临现场的高水準录音品质也是Venus的一大特色，不少专辑都陆续推出了高音质HQCD版及黑胶版，旗下唱片更屡屡荣获日本专业爵士乐杂誌Swing Journal金赏奖。原哲夫在Venus中投入了对爵士乐的热情，迄今，Venus已成为日本爵士乐界最受瞩目的厂牌之一。
Review by Ken Dryden [-]
Since arriving in New York City, Tessa Souter has built a dedicated following. She was a relative latecomer to jazz, taking time out to raise a family at a young age and work as a journalist before studying at the Manhattan School of music and privately with vocal great Mark Murphy, though she has developed into a formidable singer in a relatively short time. Souter's gorgeous, natural vocals never show pretension or gimmickry, while her taste in songs is amazingly wide-ranging and occasionally risk-taking. For these 2008 sessions, her accompanists include the brilliant pianist Kenny Werner (who works especially well with vocalists), saxophonist Joel Frahm, Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, veteran first-call bassist Jay Leonhart, and the in-demand drummer Billy Drummond. Souter's lush treatment of "Close Enough for Love" captures the essence of this beautiful standard (a favorite of the late Shirley Horn and many others). The haunting setting of "Morning of the Carnaval" opens with Werner's elegant piano and Leonhart's mournful arco bass, while Souter's spacious, lovely performance is also complemented by Frahm's moving soprano sax. The vocalist uncovered a gem in Benny Carter's neglected "Key Largo," which she casts in a setting that suggests a midnight stroll along the beach with her lover. But Souter is at her most stunning when she tackles songs that one doesn't normally hear in a jazz setting. Her infectious, slinky take of Van Morrison's "Moondance" opens with her sexy vocals over Leonhart's walking bass, with judicious use of reverb that is never overdone. John Lennon's "Imagine" has long been a pop standard, though jazz arrangements have been few and mostly disappointing, but Souter is buoyed by her imaginative rhythm section, though she takes few liberties with it until she is well into the song. Tessa Souter will win you over, as well, if you give her the opportunity.
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Venus Jazz Japan
Tessa Souter: Nights Of Key Largo (2009)
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Tessa Souter: Nights of Key Largo
Tessa Souter excels at creating mood and on her new CD, Nights of Key Largo, that mood is one of a relaxed intimacy: She never strains to emote, never pushes a note, never rushes a phrase. Her material—13 songs about moonlight, sand and romance—lends itself to this kind of laid-back treatment, reminding the listener that there is more to life than hurrying to be somewhere, with the stressful soundtrack that accompanies such a feverish lifestyle playing in one's head.
Souter has selected some of New York's top musicians for her band, all of them just as practiced in the art of the slow groove as Souter. Pianist Kenny Werner is the master of subtle phrasing and adds unexpected color and commentary throughout the CD, especially on Souter's renditions of "The Look of Love," a contemplative dialogue between the two musicians that counters the usual understanding of this popular tune. Souter creates a similarly reflective mood with guitarist Romero Lubambo on the seductive "A Slow Hot Wind," with tantalizing solo lines by the incomparable Joel Frahm on saxophone. Jay Leonhart and Billy Drummond round out Souter's A-list rhythm section.
As might be expected on a record celebrating a tropical isle, the CD has a couple of well-known Latin tunes—opener "The Island" and Sergio Mendes' "So Many Stars"—both easy and inviting and utterly indolent. But later Souter surprises with "All or Nothing At All" at a moderate Brazilian tempo and the bluesy "Key Largo," featuring Werner's bright chords and Drummond's spirited drum lines. The lyrics tell us that the sun has gone down—on the beach as well as on the lovers—and yet the vibe is so warm that you can still feel the rays on the sand.
Souter's take on "Morning of the Carnival" opens with Leonhart bowing a sad little bit before she enters with her plaintive vocals, playing against the lyrics—an excellent choice for the eleventh-hour number and one of the standout performances on the disc.
Another standout: Souter's arrangement of John Lennon's "Imagine," complete with inspired melodic alterations and interpolations of the "Long and Winding Road". It is quite a long road from the mainland to Key Largo, but with the top down and Souter's latest playing, the time would fly.
Track Listing: The Island; Close Enough For Love; Moondance; So Many Stars; The Look Of Love; You Only Live Twice; Key Largo; Slow Hot Wind; Moon And Sand; I'm Glad There Is You; All Or Nothing At All; Morning Of The Carnival; Imagine.
Personnel: Tessa Souter: vocals; Joel Frahm: tenor and soprano sax; Kenny Werner: piano; Romero Lubambo: guitar; Jay Leonhart: bass; Billy Drummond: drums.
Record Label: Venus Records
01. The Island
02. Close Enough for Love
04. So Many Stars
05. The Look of Love
06. You ONly Live Twice
07. Key Largo
08. Slow Hot Wind
09. Moon and Sand
10. I'm Glad There is You
11. All or Nothing At All
12. Morning of the Carnival