Gina Leishman | Bed Time

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Bed Time

by Gina Leishman

Ballads for the small hours, elegant and beautifully strange, with a nod to William Shakespeare.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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2. Lonely House
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3. Take O Take
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4. Come Away Death
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5. O Mistress Mine
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6. The Soothsayer
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7. Ask Me
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8. Bed Time
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9. Nothing to Say
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10. Big Blue Bathtub
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BED TIME
Gina Leishman, vocals, piano, ukelele, glasses
with
Greg Cohen and Trevor Dunn, bass
Kenny Wollesen and Roberto Rodriguez, drums and percussion
Marc Ribot, guitar
Doug Wieselman, guitar and clarinets
Anthony Coleman, piano
Steven Bernstein and Peck Allmond, trumpet
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Rob Burger, accordion
JD Foster, producer
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording - Andy Taub, engineer
Mastered by Jon Marshall Smith

THE ALBUM

Known for many years as a composer and multi-instrumentalist with numerous recordings to her credit, this recording of Gina Leishman's is one from the heart. Bed Time is the first collection of her favourite original songs, sung by the singer/songwriter herself - Vol. 1 of the Leishman Songbook. Her "extraordinary gift for crafting elegant ballads, haunting melodies, and lyrics from the late night" are nowhere more evident than in this beautifully strange collection.
Sharing the CD are her unique settings of Shakespeare songs, drawn from her work as an acclaimed theatrical composer on both coasts. The richness of these songs reflect her own innate understanding of the language plus a musical sensibilty born in Europe and bred in downtown New York. Originally created for others to sing and play, Gina is joined by a band of internationally renowned musicians for these new arrangements. The words of the immortal Bard have never sounded quite like this...
Listen to this extraodinary combination of ballads from the wee hours, and Shakespeare as he is rarely heard.

For more info go to
www.ginaleishman.com

THE ARTIST

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Gina Leishman was born in England, studied music at the Vienna Conservatory and Edinburgh University, and made her home in the U.S., first on the west coast, then in New York. She has written for theater, opera, dance, film, TV and concert stage, garnering numerous awards

Ms. Leishman is co-leader of the septet KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW, which has been performing and recording together for 20 years, on both coasts of the US and in Europe. Their recordings can be found on both Koch Jazz and New World Records (and at CDBaby!) Members of the ensemble are Gina Leishman (co-leader, alto and bari sax, bass clarinet, keys, vocals), Doug Wieselman (co-leader, clarinets, sax), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax), Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet), Art Baron (trombone), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Kenny Wollesen (drums).

She also co-leads the MR. WAU-WA band, a quintet dedicated to the songs of Bertolt Brecht, for which she is the chief arranger and lead singer. She performs with infrequent regularity as a solo artist and with various other diverse downtown projects, as well as sitting in as occasional guest vocalist/arranger with Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra.

Considering herself more of a "musician who sings", rather than a "singer" per se, music has always been for her primarily about story telling, even when purely instrumental, something that has been fed by her many years of working in the theatre. She also considers songwriting "cheaper than therapy, and a lot more fun". While her instrumental compositions have been influenced by everything from Palestrina to pointillism, her vocal work harkens back to the American balladeers of the '30s through '50s, with a heavy dose of dark European angst.

"one of New York's most versatile composers" - Time Out
"...Leishman stole the show" - New York Times
"an inspired composer" - S.F. Chronicle


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Jane Sokolow

A lovely, quirky collection
I first heard Gina Leishman's work at a California Shakespeare performance, where she wrote the music to As You Like It. As it happened, I liked it so much, I tried to buy the CD at the shop, but the card reader was broken. So I Googled her name from home and got CD Baby. This isn't the same music as in the play, but has other Shakespeare lyrics in it, and is the same, intriguing sound. I love it!

CD Baby


Smoky jazz that creeps and slithers, weaves and winds around dark, deep textures, venturing into the highly-wooded territory of quirky chamber pop. With wispy vocals Leishman takes her listener beyond the expected and typical into hidden corners and shadowy alleys. Colorful intrumentation includes glasses and accordion, making for an album that smoothly winds between the eerie and the delicate. A distinctively vivid album.

g.orloff

Genuine smooooth jazz
Heard Gina Leishmans and her record Bed Time for the first time on CD Baby. Didn`t quite like it at first, but this is a recording that grows on you. Now I like it very much!

Daniel Dworsky

This is a brilliant collection of work. I'm buying it.
I'm the perfect reviewer for this album as I had never heard of this artist before browsing through cd baby. This was a happy accident. This is rare music. I gave up trying to predict what was going to happen as a musician and surrendered myself to it. Gina's vocal sounds are the seamless meeting place of a non smoking Peggy Lee and a patient Bjork. Her phrasing conjures Fred Astaire. As a listener I found this album entertaining and captivating. As a musician I find it inspiring and energizing. This is a brilliant collection of work. I'm buying it.

Mark Smallwood

Wonderful jazz chanteuse
Beautiful soft ballads and quirky upbeat melodies make this CD a wonderful addition to my collection. Catchy hooks and unexpected use of instruments like ukulele and glass armonica add to the surprising breadth of style and satisfying lyrics by this accomplished singer, musician, and songwriter.