World Renowned Vocalist Irene Atman Releases new CD titled “New York Rendezvous”
Irene Atman – Vocals
Frank Kimbrough –Piano
Jay Anderson – Bass
Matt Wilson- Drums
Joel Frahm- Saxophone
"New York Rendezvous" is the new CD release from world renowned Vocalist Irene Atman. The new recording features the great Frank Kimbrough on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, Matt Wilson on drums, and Joel Frahm on saxophone.
This wonderful quartet joins Atman here in her personal interpretation of such standard classics as “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Alfie,” & “Time After Time” among others. This recording captures not only one of the rising stars in the world of jazz vocals, but an extraordinary band in the supporting role.
JAZZ REVIEW - Susan Francis - 2009
"You can hear it in Irene Atman’s voice, she was tutored by Petula Clark, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee. Well, maybe not literally because Atman is too young to have been trained by these ladies, but Atman learned to sing like these ladies when she was a little girl and exposed to her parents record recollection which included these artists and many other jazz vocalists like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Atman has that irresistible intonation ringing in her timbres which jazz vocalists have. She has a storybook perfect pitch able to touch the listener’s soul, understand the sorrows that burrow in their hearts, stroke their sensibilities with tender caresses and lick their wounds. She has a voice that can make the hardest soul melt in her lap, and the repertoire that she chose to showcase on her latest album, New York Rendezvous will have audiences doing just that.
Produced by Atman and her pianist Frank Kimbrough, New York Rendezvous is an easy listening jazz album made for today’s audience. And even though Atman’s vocal intonations are similar to the ladies of the ‘50s and ‘60s, she sounds more like she could be their grand-daughter rather than someone who sang alongside these jazz vocalists of another era. Atman’s own spin on the timeless beauty “Charade” is exquisite, she really nails it keeping the tune’s classic effects while also modernizing the piece to make it relatable for a contemporary audience. The song selection for the album consists of all ballads so audiences won’t be experiencing anything extremely festive here, although Atman does sing “Somos Novios” in its native Spanish with all of its softly spangled bossa nova effects. Atman winds the listener around her finger with sultry vocal curls along “The Glory Of Love” and the lengthy vocal extensions that she applies to such heart-felt mooning in “Why Did I Choose You.” Kimbrough’s accompaniment on the piano is a perfect fit for Atman’s vocals and its especially noticeable on the opening number “Two For The Road.” The saxophone twits of Joel Frahm and the tinsy bumps of bassist Jay Anderson in “Taking A Chance On Love” produce tingling sensations as drummer Matt Wilson holds the melodic rigs steady. Atman takes periodic time-outs, allowing the musicians to have center stage, which exhibits her endearing showmanship.
Irene Atman has the kind of voice that makes audience members say… ‘If I could sing like her, I’d quit my day job and sing jazz for a living too.’ After hearing Atman’s latest offering New York Rendezvous, I have to wonder why her music is only reaching as far as hotel ballrooms and local clubs when it deserves so much wider exposure. Atman tells in her liner notes that “I wanted to record my second CD in New York and wanted a distinctly New York sound.” New York Rendezvous has more than a New York sound, it has a worldly sound that music fans who are enthusiastic about soft moving melodies which can be easily absorbed into the skin, have been waiting for and her album delivers it.
IRENE ATMAN is a fast rising star on the jazz music scene. She's appeared on the same bill as Tony Bennett, played with the Stan Hiltz Orchestra, recorded with The Boss Brass, performed with Peter Appleyard and Guido Basso and is regularly featured on CBC Radio and Jazz 91.1 FM.
Born in Toronto, Irene is an accomplished pianist and seasoned jazz singer. Her love for classic jazz started early. “I always say, that my greatest inspiration came from my father’s fruit cellar,” she said.
As a child, she brought up a box of old records from the basement and asked her father to play them for her. “Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day. All of the greats”, she recalled. “I just loved them”.
At 19, while studying history and religion at the University of Toronto, Atman credits that time as the official start of her professional career. “That’s when I started singing with the Stan Hiltz Orchestra”, she said. From there, Irene went to the US to perform with some the greats - Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.
Irene's first self-titled CD has received rave reviews from around the globe, getting worldwide airplay and recognition.
Irene just returned from a very successful tour to Australia and Japan to rave reviews with an invitation to go back! In Japan, she performed at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo with Holly Cole, Dion Taylor and Makoto Ozone for a Tribute to Oscar Peterson.
Irene Atman has also been nominated for an Ontario Independent Music Award for the song “Shall We Dance?” from her recent self-titled CD and performed at this year's Roger's Canadian Music Week. Irene was also part of this year’s Jazz 91.1 FM Concert Series, as a feature performer for the Tribute to Peggy Lee.
Irene's second CD - "New York Rendezvous" will be officially released in New York on June 1st of this year. With Frank Kimbrough on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, Matt Wilson on drums and Joel Frahm on saxophone, the early reviews are touting Irene as the next rising jazz star.
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