Wendy Webb | Moon On Havana

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Moon On Havana

by Wendy Webb

Confessional singer/songwriter. Evocative poetic lyrics sung with a hauntingly pure, wise and sexy voice. Fans of early Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Laura Nyro, and Carole King, will love this piano and guitar based solo live audiophile recording!
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. The Way We Are
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2. Foolish Heart
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3. In the Blue Light
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4. Moon On Havana
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5. Rhythm of Your Love
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6. My Country
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7. Nashville Can Wait
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8. Camden Town
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9. If You Were Here Tonight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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WENDY WEBB
MOON ON HAVANA

Available on CD and CLASSIC AUDIOPHILE 12" VINYL. Lyrics inserts included with photos from Havana, Cuba.


Pure -- Moon On Havana is an audiophile’s dream. Minimal engineering, no tricks, one woman alone with her piano, or guitar, performing her original music. This new live recording connects with the listener in ways that echo the quality and expression found in classic songwriter records.

QUOTES:

“Wendy Webb’s “Moon On Havana” is intelligent, complicated and above all musical. Webb sings with such emotional investment--jubilant, rueful, whatever she needs--that the listener has that rarest experience: of being swept away.”
-Thomas McGuane, novelist, recipient of the Rosenthall Award and the Wallace Stegner Award

“Laura Nyro lives! I mean that as the highest compliment. What a pleasure to listen to Wendy Webb play her piano and sing her breathtaking songs. I could go on for hours about her complex lyrics, but it is the sound of her voice that I find so haunting, the achingly beautiful voice of real experience.”
- Jeff Klinkenberg, columnist, St. Petersburg Times

ALBUM NOTES:

“ I was inspired to make this record after visiting Cuba, a place all about love and the longing for freedom. The songs on Moon On Havana are about my life and my experiences within that context.
All ten songs were recorded in a three day session, mostly first takes, in a seaside cabin on a Florida Indian mound built by contemporaries of the Maya. It’s an ancient place; a pre-Colombian complex of burial mounds, canals and a ceremonial plaza where, for more than two thousand years, people sang songs and told stories. At night alone, sitting at the piano, I felt a powerful connection to the people who built the mounds and who -- according to archaeologists -- fled to Havana in the late 1700s, only to vanish into extinction.
I decided to record in the same space where I had written the songs because I wanted the music and my performance to come alive, unadorned, to be a true representation of what I do. The music is not about an extinct people, it is the voice of my own solitude.
Long after midnight, as I wrote and recorded, it was energizing to know my music floated among the mounds, and could be heard on the dock that inspired the song "In The Blue Light". The songs on "Moon On Havana" are witness to that space and time. ” - Wendy


AUDIOPHILE RECORDING DATA

“When Wendy Webb approached me about working on her first solo album I was excited but definitely knew I had some challenges ahead of me. The recordings would take place in a cabin on a two thousand year old Indian mound located on an island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. I would be recording her in an unfamiliar space from my personal studio and in a room that was not acoustically perfect. We utilized some of the best equipment on the market to capture these intimate and personal songs. Everything from Hand Crafted German Microphones to Hand Built Class A Tube Preamps. These tools gave us the detail and clarity needed to present her songs in the most pure form....”
David B. Arnold -- Recording and Mixing Engineer

MICROPHONES
Vocal: Neumann U87 AI on voice with Focusrite ISA 220 Channel Strip into Manley Vari Mu Compressor
Piano: Stereo Matched Pair Neumann KM 184’s on Mason & Hamlin Model BB 7’ Grand
Guitar: single Neumann KM 184 on Taylor Acoustic 914-CE
We used PreSonus Anthony Demaria Labs ADL 600 Tube Preamp on Piano

CREDITS:

Recorded & Mixed by David B. Arnold at Pineland Fl. & Stump Sound Recording in Louisburg N.C. • Wonderful lyrics ‘The Fall’ & ‘Nashville Can Wait’ by Mark Keller • Our studio technicians & friends, Ernesto & Ernesto with Joel at Radio Progreso Studio Havana • Mastering by Kent Bruce and Wolf Stephenson of Malaco Records Jackson Mississippi • To my family and friend Charles John Quarto, a most heartfelt thanks • To renowned Cuban Photographer Raúl Corrales, thank you for our magical time on the Malecón.

Photography Havana, Cuba - Raúl Corrales
Photography Pineland, FL & Cuba - Randy Wayne White
Album Art Design - r studio Matlacha, FL










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Steve Grendon

Wendy Webb and Her Music: Both Gorgeous
I heard Ms. Webb perform live, recently, and was blown away by her voice, her beauty, her stage presence and, most of all, her soaring musicality and drop-dead gorgeous lyrics, all original, she says, and I believe her because I have heard nothing like it before. The temptation is to compare Ms. Webb to Norah Jones or Joni Mitchell, but that is unfair to all three artists, because they are all powerful and mature and original in their ways. Listening to Moon on Havana is revisiting Ms. Webb on stage, the quality of the music is haunting and true and sometimes mystical -- sort of like meeting the artist in person.

MRS. G.F. ALCOBER

WENDY WEBB HITS IT OVER THE MOON
BEST NEW TALENT I'VE HEARD IN YEARS. WENDY WEBB'S VOCALS & MUSICAL ABILITY IS A MUCH NEEDED BREATH
IN THIS OVERCROWDED NOISY ERA OF SQUEAKS & ROARS. SHE WHISPERS HER MESSAGE IN A SULTRY & PERSONAL VOICED PRINT THAT IS NOT EASY TO FORGET. A MAGIC ALL HER OWN. I WILL PLAY THIS OVER & OVER
AGAIN. NOT NECESSARY TO WONDER WHAT TO BUY FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAYS COMING UP. MOON ON HAVANA WILL BE THE BEST GIFT I CAN THINK OF TO GIVE. IT'S A VACATION WITHOUT HAVING TO GET ON AN AIRPLANE. THANK YOU WENDY WEBB. SO GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOU.