最佳爵士女伶 Emilie Claire 向美好六零年代致敬的爵士专辑《The Beat Goes On》
■National Jazz Awards 2006「年度最佳女伶」
这位深黯多项乐器的加拿大才女，从她即兴哼唱的乐句中不难发现Ella Fitzgerald的影响。不仅在08年的National Jazz Awards中获提名《年度最佳女歌手》奖项，也受邀献声於多部精采的动画原声带。自2001年的处女作发表以来，她参与音乐制作的比重也逐渐提高，这张 专辑她更一肩挑起制作人与编曲著的责任。『The Beat Goes On』保有过往爱蜜莉令人惊艳的拉丁味火烫节奏，但乐器的编排更为精鍊简洁。选曲的部分则显示她停不下的玩心，无论是民谣、芭莎、香颂或灵魂乐，通通收? 为爱蜜莉本人的标準曲。所以谁都能哼上两句的《Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head》变成脚痒难耐的小步舞曲；摇滚传奇Bob Dylan的《Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright》则散发芭莎的切分韵致；《Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow》则呈现不温不火的忠实演绎，每段歌词彷彿祈祷情伤过渡的和平鸽，沿著婉转柔美的嗓音飞翔。
Number of Discs: 1
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date 2010
Genre Jazz Vocal
Styles Vocal Jazz Standards
5.0 out of 5 starsEmilie-Claire at her Best.
ByD.R.L.on October 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
~ If you approach this CD with the idea of hearing some pop / rock / folk songs from the past faithfully recreated in the style of the original, you will be disappointed.
~ If you approach this CD expecting to hear a creative artist backed by an exceptional band offering fresh jazz interpretations of songs from the past, you will be pleased beyond your wildest expectations.
~ Others have written reviews comparing Emilie-Claire to fellow Canadian Diana Krall. Forget that comparison; a better comparison is to fellow Canadian Holly Cole. Both E-C and Holly are creative stylists who put their own personal stamp on everything they do through the use of phrasing and slight variations in vocal texture. Emilie-Claire has one of the best voices in jazz. No histrionics, no vocal gymnastics, just a pure voice singing with emotion.
~ For this CD, Emilie-Claire draws from a wide variety of sources and gives each song a special treatment.
- Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: forget B.J. Thomas; E-C takes this tune into the realm of Chick Corea's early `Return to Forever' days with the strong bass lines, the wordless backing vocals, and even quotes from `What Game Shall We Play Today".
- Sunshine Superman: E-C stays rather close to the Donovan original at the start, but the jazzy sax, guitar, bass, and drums soon take this tune away from the folk-rock and into the pure jazz world.
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: the 1950's Neil Sedaka uptempo tune gets a slow broken-hearted treatment with sympathetic big band backing.
- Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: Bob Dylan could not have ever imagined this interpretation of his classic. A Latin-tinged version with outstanding percussion by Davide DeRenzo, Getz-esque sax by Kelly Jefferson, and Charlie Byrd-esque acoustic guitar by Reg Schwager.
- He Thinks I Still Care: unlike the Connie Francis version of the early sixties, E-C carries the listener back to the 1940's with country swing feel thanks to outstanding guitar support from Reg Schwager.
- The Beat Goes On / Soul Bossa Nova: combining Sonny Bono and Quincy Jones is a bold concept. Outstanding work by the entire big band.
- These Boots Were Made for Walking: Treatment is close to the Nancy Sinatra original version, but the wonderful support on bass (Ross MacIntyre) and sax (Kelly Jefferson) transforms this into a funky jazz tune.
- Until It's Time For You to Go: a touching haunting rendition of this ballade by fellow Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie.
- Little Boat: a trip to Rio in English and Portugese with wonderful percussive support and nice guitar work. E-C's version is a far cry from the Perry Como version of the 1960's.
- Comme Je Crie, Comme Je Chante: Emilie-Claire and her big band borrow this mid-tempo song from fellow Canadian Pauline Julien and do a wonderful job - even if you do not speak French.
- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: a tender heart-breaking treatment of the King-Goffin penned Shirelles classic with sparse arrangement featuring Mark Keiswetter on piano.
- Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday: a unique slow treatment of the Stevie Wonder classic featuring great guitar (Reg Schwager), bass (Ross MacIntyre) and brushes (Davide DiRenzo)
- T'es Pas Un Autre: with this tender Buffy Sainte-Marie ballade E-C evokes the image of a chanteuse in a Parisian nightclub backed only by piano and accordion.
~ When this 55 minute CD is finished you will be wishing it could have gone on much longer.
~ Highly recommended.
~ Also highly recommended = if you ever get the chance to see E-C in concert, do so. She is captivating.
01. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (4:14)
02. Sunshine Superman (3:37)
03. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (5:13)
04. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (4:41)
05. He Thinks I Still Care (4:40)
06. The Beat Goes On / Soul Bossa Nova (4:22)
07. These Boots Were Made For Walkin' (5:21)
08. Until It's Time For You To Go (3:30)
09. Little Boat (O Barquinho) (2:59)
10. Emilie-Claire Barlow - Comme Je Crie, Comme Je Chante (3:54)
11. Will You (Still) Love Me Tomorrow? (3:48)
12. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (4:46)
13. T'es Pas Un Autre (3:28)