Carmen Lundy Returns With All-new Nine Song Collection, Changes
Encountering the work of Carmen Lundy can, admittedly, be a bit surprising for the first time listener. In an age of prepackaged, mass-produced beats and slavishly retro stylings, Lundy offers something that's become increasingly rare: utter authenticity. A unique and adventurous singer, often compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter and Billie Holiday, Lundy writes and performs songs with an emotional vulnerability rarely seen in modern jazz. Her life forays far beyond the boundaries of music – she's an acclaimed actress, teacher and visual artist – inform her work with a sophistication and worldliness that consistently defies the expected. The bottom line? A deep connection that, for the singer's legion of fans, makes the release of each Lundy CD more than an opportunity to hear new music – it's an appointment to catch up with a dear friend.
On February 7, friends will once again reconnect, as Lundy releases her 12th album, Changes.
Recorded with her core band of stellar musicians (Anthony Wonsey, piano, Kenny Davis, bass, and Jamison Ross, drums) and featuring special guest artists Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar), Nolan Shaheed (trumpet and flugelhorn), and George Bohanon (trombone), this eclectic collection of new songs boasts all-star talent at every step of the way. The sessions were engineered and mixed by the incomparable Don Murray (The Spinners, Lee Ritenour, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles and countless others) and mastered by the legendary Doug Sax (The Who, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond).
And at the center, as has been the case for more than three decades, Carmen Lundy's trademark warmth, style and impeccable songwriting chops.
"As a composer, many of the songs on this project were written or re-imagined on guitar and feature one of the master guitarists of the classical Brazilian sound, my hero, Oscar Castro-Neves."
So welcome friends, old and new. Find a warm and comfy place, turn down the lights and catch up with Carmen. She's got a lot to tell you.
Released by Afrasia Productions, Inc., Changes will be available February 7, 2012 at itunes, Amazon.com, and all major digital download sites. Changes, along with Carmen Lundy's entire catalog, can also be found at top music retailers throughout North America and is distributed through City Hall Distribution, http://www.cityhallrecords.com
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