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Lea DeLaria "The Live Smoke Sessions"

Lea DeLaria "The Live Smoke Sessions"
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“My 2 previous jazz recordings were unusual, I mean as far as the modern jazz singer goes. There was no reinvention of standards. There was just creation which leapt forth fully formed from the head of Gil Goldstien, Matt Pierson and the eccentricity of the artist. Actually I find it embarrassing and somewhat intimidating to refer to myself as "Artist." I have always preferred chick singer with balls. I am not now nor have I ever been a pretty girl with a pleasant voice and as such I think it is safe to assume you will not find any of my recordings at Starbucks.

For this recording, my third, I felt it was time for little Lea to grow breasts and become a woman, time for me to take some musical charge. I became involved with the arrangements, song choice, players, even the sound... which I style on old school live recordings. It is my hope that this CD will take you back to 1948 and the Village Vanguard. So please let me invite you to mix a cocktail and enjoy a smoke while you sit back and soak up the swing. Because now that I have finally reinvented the standards, I want invention to be the mother of interpretation....................fuck I'm pretentious.”  – Lea DeLaria
Record Label: Ghostlight Records
Track List
1. Down With Love
2. Why Don't You Do Right
3. Miss Otis Regrets
4. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
5. Come Rain Or Come Shine
6. Love Me Or Leave Me
7. Love For Sale
8. Night And Day
9. Puff (Intro)
10. Puff
11. You Don't Know What Love Is
12. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
Album Credits
Produced by Janette Mason
Press Reviews
"There is sophisticated jazz method in Ms. DeLaria’s raucous bluster. She swings hard, and scats and bends notes in a style that suggests a no-frills Betty Carter on steroids. Two other forerunners are Frances Faye and Carmen McRae, who both also resisted appealing to the tender emotions. Because Ms. DeLaria takes such obvious delight in disturbing the peace, you might describe her sound as a joyful noise." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Lea DeLaria is a scream...She cuts up with vocalist Ian Shaw, trading scats of rising urgency on 'Jumpin' With Symphony Sid' before ending on an impressive note. But she also can be deeply passionate, as in 'Come Rain or Come Shine.'" - The Philadelphia Enquirer

"Lea DeLaria is fabulous. An incredible performer with an enormous amount of talent, how she does it is anyone's guess. Personally, I think she's got a big black woman hidden underneath that peachy skin, because I've no idea how a 50-year old white girl could have so much soul and rhythm." - EDGE Publications

"Every inch a star." - The New York Times

"Lea DeLaria is blessed with one of the most beautiful voices around." - Q magazine

"The gal can certainly swing…" - Time Out

"Talks like a coffee grinder, and sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway diva." - The Guardian
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