【Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude】(2013) ★★★★☆

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JANIS SIEGEL "Midnight Sun"

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★My Favorite Album (390)

【Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude】(2013) 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
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【Rating】 4.5 stars (out of five) ★★★★☆

さてさて「泣く子も黙る」The Manhattan Transfer (TMT) の創設メンバー、Janis Siegel (ジャニス・シーゲル)さんの10作目のソロ・アルバムです。Janis Siegelさんは1952年6月23日ニューヨーク生まれ。12才の時にガールズ・トリオで歌い始め、ハイスクール卒業時にシングル盤をリリース。アレサ・フランクリン、ビートルズ、バーバラ・ストライザンドに影響を受ける一方、ジョン・コルトレーン等のジャズ・アルバムをよく聴いていたそうです。音楽活動の為に看護学校を中退し、当時タクシー・ドライバーだった(!)ティム・ハウザー氏と出会い1969年にヴォーカル・グループを結成。その後The Manhattan Transferとして75年にデビューします。TMTのヒット曲である「Birdland」「Twilight Aone」など曲でリード・パートを担当していますね。また「バードランド」のヴォーカル・アレンジも手掛けており、The Manhhattan Transferはグラミー賞受賞9回、ノミネート暦17回となり37年以上に亘り世界のヴォーカル・シーンを牽引するグループとなりました。

ジャニスさんのソロ活動としては、81年の”Experiment in White”(Atlantic)でソロ・デビュー。以後コンスタントにソロ作をリリースしています(下記参照)。87年にリリースしたアルバム”AT HOME”はグラミー賞にノミネートされ現在までに9枚のアルバムをリリースしています。

・ Experiment in White (Atlantic, 1981)
・ At Home (Atlantic, 1986)
・ Short Stories (Atlantic, 1989)
・ Slow Hot Wind (Varese/Sarabande, 1995)
・ The Tender Trap (Monarch, 1999) - featuring Russell Malone, Matt Wilson, Victor Lewis, Michael Brecker and Hank Crawford
・ I Wish You Love (Telarc, 2002)
・ Friday Night Special (Telarc, 2003) - featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Houston Person
・ Sketches of Broadway (Telarc, 2004)
・ Thousand Beautiful Things (Telarc, 2006)

そして、2013年8月、10枚目のソロ・アルバムとして7年振りにリリースされたのが、本作『Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude』というワケです。

まずはサポート・メンバーが豪華ですね。John Di Martino(p), Christian McBride(b), Steve Khan(g), Joel Frahm(ts), Dominick Farinacci(tp)等々、NY気鋭のMusicianに、New York VoicesのPeter Eldridgeも参加。

本作は“夜”をテーマにジャズ・スタンダードの他、ジョビンのボサノヴァ、ラテン、ランディ・ニューマンのカヴァーなどヴァラエティに富んだ曲をリラックスしたムードでしっとりと歌い上げています。基本的に「しっとりラテン系」の曲が多いです(Janisさんご本人が”Bragilian Pop Album”と言っています)。兎に角、1曲1曲、じっくりと時間を掛けて丁寧に作られているというのが最初の印象。Janisさんもライナーノートで、このアルバムに懸ける想い、各曲への想いを沢山語っています。永年取り上げたかったという丁寧な選曲。練り上げられたJohn Di MartinoのarranegementとJanis SiegelさんのVocal arrangement。まず選曲とアレンジは最高!

そして何よりも、ジャニスさんが素晴らしい!完璧なピッチ、タイム感、声色(Voice)とVibratoのコントロールという「揺るぎない基礎技術」に支えられているので、まずは技術が気になる事なく落ち着いて聴くことができます。その上で、ジャニスさん特有の柔らかいアルトの歌声と、さり気なく散りばめた表現の多彩さは素晴らしいの一言!伊達にマントラ演ってません。ミクロ的に聴けば、たったひとつの子音にもしっかりと心が行き届き、Storyを持たせている。マクロ的に聴けば、その節(文章)の内容に沿った歌い方(表現)がなされている。まるで名女優さんのセリフを聴いているようです。正に『語るように唄い、唄うように語る』そのものです。理想的です。

 


「元気印!」が役目のTMTよりも、ここでのジャニスさんの”しっとり振り”はとっても素敵です。私の中のベストは5曲目、Randy Newmanの”Marie”。そして、ありとあらゆる歌唱の技法を駆使しながら、その全てが“自然”、“必然”であり、Janisさんの「魂」がはっきりと私に舞い降りて来た究極のBallad、“Midnight Sun”に思わず落涙。日本版のみのBonus Track、” As You Leave My Nest”(M13)も嬉しい限りです。またCDの装丁も美しいのも嬉しいですね(素敵なポストカードも付いています)。そしてJanisさんの丁寧なライナーノートも素晴らしいです。

最近ますます笑顔がチャーミングになっているような気がするジャニスさん。仕事もプライペートも充実しているようです。このアルバムにもジャニスさんの、飾らない、美しい人柄(本当にいい人ですよ!)がいっぱい詰まっています。

まったりしたい夜にぴったりの、上質で、心地良いアルバムです。

Highly Recommended!

Dear Janis, 
Thank you for this amaizingly beautiful album. This will be my treasure for the rest of my life!

(Personnel)
Janis Siegel - vocal
John Di Martino - piano
Christian McBride - electric and acoustic bass
Martin Wind - acoustic bass
Joel Rosenblatt - drums
Dominick Farinacci - trumpet
Paul Meyers - acoustic guitar
Steve Khan – guitars, guiro and vocals
Joel Frahm – tenor and soprano sax
Alain Mallet - melodica
Luisito Quintero - percussion
Peter Eldridge – vocals (track 4)
Roger Treece- vocals (track 3)

(Track Listing)
1. Love Saves (Jorge Drexler/Janis Siegel)
2. Slow (Ann Hampton Callaway)
3. Love And Paris Rain (Brenda Russell/Russ Ferrante/Will Kennedy)
4. If You Never Come To Me (Jobim/Gilbert/De Aliveira)
5. Marie (Randy Newman)
6. You`re Mine. You (Heyman/Green)
7. Sweet September Rain (Bob Belden/Janis Siegel/Rabbi Harry Levin)
8. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
9. Midnight Sun (Mercer/Hampton/Burke)
10. Lover (Rodgers/Hart)
11. Say You`ll Go (Monae/Robinson/Nathaniel/Irvin III/Joseph II)
12. Clair De Lune (Debussy)
13. As You Leave My Nest (Dewa Budjana/Janis Siegel/Rabbi Harry Levin)[Bonus Track only for Japanese CD] 

❑ Janis Siegel - Website

★ Official Website
http://www.janissiegel.com/
★ Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janis-Siegel/89814411310

❑ Janis Siegel - Victor Entertainment
http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/-/Artist/A022456.html

❑ iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/night-songs/id673030697

❑ Buy CD

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Night-Songs-Janis-Siegel/dp/B00DX88GFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1381143345&sr=1-1&keywords=Janis+Siegel 

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=VICJ-61691

❑ EPK (Video & Audio)
JANIS SIEGEL - “Midnight Sun”
http://vimeo.com/71345021 

❑ NIGHT SONGS - LYRICS 
http://www.songlyrics.com/janis-siegel/night-songs/

❑ Review
Nine-time Grammy-winning solo artist and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer Janis Siegel takes the stage at 54 Below. Nightsongs features numbers from her upcoming CD -- a delicious blend of jazz, Cuban and Brazilian grooves guaranteed to put you in the mood. This versatile performer counts Barbra Streisand and John Coltrane among her musical inspirations, as well as the Broadway music she grew up with. Backed by a band of some of New York's most extraordinary and versatile musicians, led by pianist John DiMartino, Siegel treats you to her brand-new songs as well as several old favorites and even a few surprises.
- Goldstar.com

❑ Interview - Chats With The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel by Mike Ragogna (HUFF POST Entertainment)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/chats-with-the-manhattan_b_4000078.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

❑ Janis Siegel - Biography
Over the past three and a half decades, the voice of Janis Siegel -- a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee -- has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a member of this 36-year musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1952, Siegel learned about the music business at an early age. By the time she was 12, she was singing with an all-girl pop trio called The Young Generation. By the time she and her bandmates had graduated from high school, they'd released two singles: "The Hideaway" (b/w "Hymn of Love") on Red Bird Records, and "It's Not Gonna Take Too Long" (b/w "Diggin' You") on Kapp Records. "At that time, I was exclusively listening to pop music," Siegel recalls. "When Motown became popular, I fell head over heels for it, as well as for people like Aretha Franklin. And of course, I went insane over the Beatles. But I also loved Barbra Streisand. And living in Brooklyn, I saw a lot of Broadway shows too." On the jazz side, she remembers John Coltrane as her musical idol during her high school and college years. After graduating from high school, the trio shifted from pop to acoustic folk and rechristened themselves Laurel Canyon. Siegel studied nursing for a couple years, but left college in the early '70s to focus all of her energies on Laurel Canyon. But it was a chance encounter that steered her into The Manhattan Transfer. Tim Hauser was a taxi driver with musical aspirations who happened to pick up Laurel Canyon's conga player one night. The percussionist invited Hauser to a party, where he met Siegel and asked her to sing on some demos he'd been working on. Some of the early swing music that Hauser had been dabbling in was an eye-opener to Siegel, who'd previously been immersed in pop and folk. Hauser invited Siegel to join a four-part vocal group that he'd been trying to reconstruct. (An earlier version of The Manhattan Transfer with a much different tone and style had existed briefly in the late '60s.) When she joined Hauser, Laurel Massé and Alan Paul, the Manhattan Transfer was born. The group's self-titled debut album in 1975 ushered in a renaissance in vocal-based music and marked the opening chapter of the foursome's quarter-century-plus success story. Over the years, Janis' unmistakable voice has become one of the group's most recognizable trademarks. She sang lead on some of the Transfer's biggest hits, such as "Operator," "Chanson D'Amour," "Twilight 
Zone," "Birdland," "Ray's Rockhouse," "Sassy," "Spice of Life," "Mystery," and "The Boy from N.Y.C." She also gained a reputation as a vocal arranger by writing five of the charts for the group's acclaimed masterwork, Vocalese, seven charts for the group's Grammy-winning album Brasil, and won a Grammy herself in 1980 for her arrangement of "Birdland." In 1993, she and her Manhattan Transfer colleagues received their honorary doctorates from the Berklee School of Music, and in 1999 they were among the first class of inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. But Siegel has been riding a dual career track for nearly two decades. In addition to her stage and studio work with The Manhattan Transfer, she launched her solo career in 1982 on Atlantic Records with the release of Experiment in White produced by Joel Dorn. Her followup solo effort, At Home, earned her a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal. She collaborated with jazz pianist Fred Hersch on the 1989 effort, Short Stories, which JazzTimes ranked "among the most graceful, thoroughly heartbreaking efforts of the modern era, thanks to her rich, emotive vocals." That same year, the New York Music Awards named her Best Female Jazz Singer. Not one to walk away from a successful formula, Siegel rejoined Hersch in the making of Slow Hot Wind in 1995, and The Tender Trap in 1999. In addition to Hersch, The Tender Trap session roster included high-profile.