Wren Harrington Marie: Light Travels

Wren Harrington Marie: Light Travels
Title: Light Travels
Label: CD Baby

Broadway veteran Wren Marie Harrington is flying at high altitude with 'Light Travels', a collection of jazz infused not-so-standard tunes from the American Songbook, Latin America, Brazil, and Italy of the 1930's, 40's and 50's. What would appear to be a patchwork quilt is quickly transformed on a first listening to a finely woven tapestry, unconfined by idiom or country. Ms. Harrington's silky voice and her stellar quartet and guest artists sail effortlessly through a savvy mix of melodies and rhythms, fusing jazz with Cuban and samba rhythms and searing ballads from Argentina and Italy. Ms. Harrington's carpet ride is a warm and eclectic journey that defies genre, placing Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and Kurt Weill on the bill with the global world's musical icons Chabuca Granda, Tom Jobim and Gino Paoli. Once an established opera soprano touring Europe and America, vocalist Wren Marie Harrington took a detour through musical theatre, notably Broadway, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera', where as an understudy for the tempestuous diva Carlotta, she rescued many an ailing headlining soprano. Lately, the songbird has been exploring jazz and a treasure trove of global music idioms, a habit she picked up while plying her trade in exotic locales. She is celebrating a joyful melange of the two with Light Travels, traversing three continents and four languages. At the helm of Light Travels is arranger/producer /pianist Art Bailey, a rising force on the improvised and world music scene. Known for his versatility, he is the go-to man for his expertise in Latin jazz, traditional Cuban music and contemporary classical music. With a diverse background playing for artists such as Steve Lacy, Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmatics, he was the obvious choice for this cross-cultural collection. Mr. Bailey has skillfully fused a variety of musical idioms into a cool summer cocktail with the help of a seasoned group of jazz/world musicians from New York City's thriving global scene. A true ensemble player, Ms. Harrington's voice frolics with her quartet and guest soloists as they each take edgy solo turns throughout. Flutist Itai Kriss flies through the stratosphere in a sizzling reworking of 'Caravan', which is transformed into a stylish Cuban charanga, reflective of a 1950's Cuban dance hall. Several steamy ballads are on the menu, including a Tom Jobim gem 'Eu Sei Que Voce Amar' and Juan Coban's 'Nostalgias', as well as lively samba settings of 'A Sleepin Bee' and 'Dream Dancing', both of which sparkle like the sun off the water in the tropics. On a final bittersweet note, Ms. Harrington's rendering of the late Dave Brubeck's 'Strange Meadowlark' is delivered in straightforward art song style with lustrous guitar harmonies in the capable hands of Dave Acker. Collectively, the songs form a living tableau with Ms. Harrington's rich color soaked voice and expert ensemble. At the heart is a nostalgic journey through time and place, fused with gold filament.

1.1 Dream Dancing
1.2 Caravan
1.3 Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar (I Know I'm Going to Love You)
1.4 A Sleepin' Bee
1.5 Stay Well
1.6 Senza Fine (Without End)
1.7 Nostalgias
1.8 Fina Estampa (A Fine Figure)
1.9 Luna Rossa (Red Moon)
1.10 With a Song in My Heart
1.11 Strange Meadowlark
1.12 Primeira Estrela (First Star)

Wren Harrington Marie: Light Travels

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