【Valerie Joyce - New York Blue】(2006)★★★★

(English follows Japanese)

★ My Favorite Album - (376)(Repost)


By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review


もう最初の一声から蕩(とろ)けてしまいます。深くて、温かくて、奥行のあるAltoの響きにメロメロです。Ballad中心の選曲良し!Voice良し!アレンジ良し!バックの演奏良し!録音は極上!とくれば、もう文句のつけようがありません。それでいて決して甘過ぎない。Easy Listeningにはならない。BGMではない。しっかりJazzしてて、スピーカーと対峙して聴くに耐える立派な作品です。ハァ~と嘆息し脱力してしまう声色。参りました。



『日本生まれのValerie Joyceの父はアメリか人で母は日本人。母のピアノを通してクラシックの素養に恵まれて8歳でピアノを始め、横浜インターナショナル・スクールで学び、音楽で身を立てるために1991年にはタコマの大学に入学。クラシックのピアノで奨学生となった。この頃ジャズヴォーカル・コーラスで歌っていたがビッグバンドでピアニストとして演奏している。やがて、紆余曲折の末、バークリー音楽院のジャズヴォーカルの奨学生となるもシアトルに戻った。輸出業者で働きながら夜はフリーランスのミュージシャンとして演奏。Jay Thomas Big Band4年間にわたりピアニストとして演奏した。日本でもかつてアルバムが発売されたマイケル・ウォルフとも共演。インディーズレーベルから『Reverie』を発表している。本作はそうしたキャリアの末に、高音質な録音とユニークなプロデュースで知られる「Chesky Records」からの初の作品となる。』



Valerie Joyce - Vocals

Andy Ezrin - Piano

Lawrence Feldman - Alto & Tenor Saxophone

Eugene Jackson - Drums

Jon Hebert - Acoustic Bass, tracks 4, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Tim Lefebvre - Acoustic Bass, tracks 1,2,3, 5,6,7,12 & 13

All Arrangements - Andy Ezrin, Valerie Joyce

Recorded at St. Peter's Church, Chelsea, NYC June 28-29, 2005

Baldwin 9 foot grand piano courtesy of Gibson Baldwin Entertainment, NYC

Produced by David Chesky

Executive Producer - Norman Chesky

Recording, Editing and Mastering Enginee r- Nicholas Prout


1. It Never Entered My Mind

2. Blue in Green

3. Baby Can I Hold You

4. Fever

5. Oasis

6. Every Time We Say Goodbye

7. Moon and Sand

8. Little Wing

9. Weaver of Dreams

10. It's Easy to Remember

11. Darn That Dream

12. I Fall in Love Too Easily

13. Golden Slumbers


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Producer David Chesky says, "Valerie has a great feel for the music and has one of the most unique singing voices I have ever heard." Valerie Joyce has been performing as a musician on the Seattle music scene since 1994. Born in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother, she was exposed to classical music through her mother's piano playing and extensive record collection. After college, she moved to Seattle where she regularly appears with a variety of jazz ensembles. Many of the songs on "New York Blue" have been in Valerie's repertoire for some time:

Of the Rogers and Hart perennial It Never Entered My Mind, Valerie says, "Andy (Ezrin) came up with a very cool reharmonized version of the song and, when I heard him play the first few chords, I remember feeling very inspired." David Chesky recommended that Valerie try her hand at the Peggy Lee standard Fever. "It was a brand new song to my repertoire," comments Valerie. "Andy and I rehearsed the song and I suggested something simple, yet modern and cool sounding. I like the sparse arrangement of our version and Lawrence Feldman's spare saxophone solos." Along with enchanting interpretations of familiar jazz standards...Valerie breathes new life into pop nuggets like Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You Tonight," Jimi Hendrix's melancholic "Little Wing" and the Beatles' somber "Golden Slumbers." Elsewhere, she turns in a smoldering "Fever," soars sensuously over an undulating samba flavored "Blue in Green," and swings serenely on "Weaver of Dreams," which features some robust alto sax work from Lawrence Feldman. She also resurrects her own "Oasis," a lilting waltz-time original from Reverie that has her ethereal voice fairly floating into the stratosphere. Not since Cassandra Wilson's Blue Light 'Til Dawn has a vocalist cast such an entrancing spell as Valerie Joyce does on New York Blue.