Kathleen Gorman is a gifted pianist, composer, singer-songwriter, whose new album, “Brand New Day” delivers an uplifting, soulful collection of all original Jazz-Pop material. Nine songs and two instrumentals, music which delivers haunting melodies, swing grooves, rich jazz sonorities, expressive vocals and stellar performances from some of the best Jazz and studio musicians anywhere. World class recording and compelling original songs.
The musicians are:
Kathleen Gorman: vocals, piano, rhodes piano
Henry Heillig: bass
Rob Piltch: guitar
Ben Riley: drums
Colleen Allen: sax
Denis Keldie: Hammond organ
Alan Hetherington: percussion
Eric St-Laurent: guitar
Marc Pizer: drums
Sara Traficante: flute
Kirk Starkey: cello
The album was recorded and mixed in Toronto by Jeremy Darby, an industry heavy-weight, who has worked with everyone from Johnny Cash to Aretha Franklin to Prince, to Alicia Keys, and the Bare-Naked Ladies.
Produced by Kathleen Gorman and Jeremy Darby, mastered by Ron Skinner.
The songs are a cool hybrid of jazz, smooth jazz and pop, infused with blues, r & b, gospel, each in a classic songwriting form, exposing Kathleen's love of the great songwriters, from Gershwin to Leon Russell to Stevie Wonder.
From the swinging "No More Room", to the funky "The River Is Wide", to the gorgeous instrumental "Rialto", to the breath-taking ballad "Far Too Late", and lush title track, "Brand New Day", this CD delivers a beautiful melange of moods and grooves, and is a world class recording that will have mass appeal to lovers of Jazz, Blues, Pop, R & B and Smooth Jazz. Beautifully recorded, acoustic grand piano, outstanding rhythm section, supported by bluesy organ, great guitar solos, soulful sax and even gorgeous cello.
"A brilliant composer and lyricist, the talented Kathleen Gorman invites us on a journey of the heart, exposing universal intimacies which resonate from the opening note of "Brand New Day"to the closing instrumental,"Ain't The Way". Soulful, poignant and uplifting. Kathleen takes her rightful place as a blues and jazz diva, producing one of the best new original albums of the year. " -- Paula Arab, Calgary Herald Columnist / Editorial Board.
" Her voice has a certain sophistication and grace: A beautiful, refined and elegant instrument which conveys love and a certain sense of longing. Ms. Gorman is a song stylist who has crafted her very own, singular approach to the art of singing which is remarkable as we live in an age where singers usually don't embrace individuality and often emulate the vocal stylings of others." - Steve Getz, THE JAZZ NETWORK
"Kathleen is a talented vocalist, accomplished pianist and a very polished composer. Stay tuned......." - Chuck Bolger, "Jazz or Something Like It", 91.7 FM WMUH Allentown, PA, USA.
Kathleen Gorman has taken her place among Bonnie Raitt, Nora Jones, and Al Kooper in the blues-tinged jazz-pop firmament. She sings, plays, writes, composes and produces with the best of them, making music rooted in jazz that is accessible and contemporary...a fantastic new contemporary voice!
- Jon Burr ( Jazz Artist, Bassist, Composer)
"BRAND NEW DAY ......................... is the precise point where jazz meets smart pop. The songs are every bit as
good as the playing -- and that's saying a lot, when one takes a look at the talented players on board."
Mark Rheaume - CBC Radio
" .... a wonderful talent . " - Sheila Jordan, jazz legend
Performing, writing and recording for years in both Montreal and Toronto, she is delighted to release her first full length studio album, which combines elements of musical influences, ranging from the Jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Monk, Billy Holiday, to Gershwin, Michel Legrand, Nina Simone, Dr. John, Joe Sample, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Steely Dan, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, Jamie Cullum, and many more.
These songs are lovely vignettes of life, longing, love, betrayal, and self acceptance.
The complete lyrics are included in a beautiful 12 page CD booklet. Enjoy!