Carri Bella | Wicked Muse

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Wicked Muse

by Carri Bella

Vocalist Carri Bella glides through a sultry vibe reminiscent of the cool jazz era. Joined by renowned musicians Terell Stafford, Richard Smith, Marcello Pelltteri and more, she doesn't so much sing these songs as seduce them.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Out of This World
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2. Stolen Moments
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3. Turn Out the Stars
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4. Alone Together
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5. Close Enough for Love
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6. Invitation
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7. Speak No Evil
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8. Small Day Tomorrow
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9. Fringe Benefit
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10. Jackie
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11. The Meaning of the Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When I started this project, I just knew Fringe Benefit had to be on the album. That song has stuck with me for a lifetime. I love the chord progressions and the lyrics seem ripped from the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel. Stolen Moments tells a similarly evocative tale and I wrote vocalese to fill in the backstory for the lyrics Mark Murphy penned. Small Day Tomorrow has always been somewhat of a personal theme song. My time is divided between a love of performing and running a business, so I identify equally with the coy chanteuse and the “big wheels” she taunts for being slaves to the 9-to-5.

Obviously, themes of yearning, betrayal and desire run rampant here, but Wicked Muse is not a concept album. My tastes are too varied for that. Alone Together is an upbeat bossa nova suggestive of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. Jackie is pure whimsy—as I believe Annie Ross intended. Speak No Evil is a potent polyrhythmic departure from Wayne Shorter’s original instrumental.

I'm fortunate to share this musical adventure with superb musicians from Portland, New York and Los Angeles. Their fluency in the language of jazz ensures these songs will sound fresh on every listening. For more information about the music, lyrics, musicians and production, please join me at CarriBella.com.

Musicians
Carri Bella – vocals (all tracks)
Gregory Ives – ensemble brass (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9), strings (tracks 4, 6, 9), piano (track 9)
Terell Stafford – trumpet solos (tracks 1, 6, 10)
Renato Caranto – soprano saxophone (tracks 4, 6)
Richard Smith – guitar (tracks 2, 6, 10)
Skip vonKuske – cello (track 9)
Randy Porter – piano (tracks 3, 7)
Steve Christofferson – piano (tracks 1, 4, 5, 8, 11)
Mike Horsfall – vibraphone (tracks 1, 2, 8)
Scott Steed – bass (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Dave Captein – bass (tracks 1, 2, 6, 9, 10)
Marcello Pellitteri – drums, percussion (all tracks except 3)


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Joseph Dickerson

"Oh, for a muse of fire..."
"...to ascend the brightest heavens, of invention." I'm a fan of cool jazz, the type of music you put on low as you slip out of your gray work clothes and into a dry martini. The music - and the martini - washes away the troubles like a soothing tonic. And nothing is more soothing than the amazing and lovely Carri Bella, as she sings some great songs that feel like old standards... or at least, they should be. If you love breathy sultry songstresses, well... here you are. It's a hell of a voice, and a hell of an album. Passionate, engaging, and utterly engrossing. Buy it. Now.

hans

To be Carried away up in the blue to the cool & smart jazzy world of Ms Bella
What is there more to say ? Maybe a warning for the risk of being addicted - when her music stops - you will experience real silence ...as if something is missing ...

Murray I.

Great album!
I met Carrie at a conference, and in talking she said she was working on an album. I asked if I could get an advance copy, thinking it would be just 'ok.' She sent one to me, and I was absolutely blown away. She has an incredible voice that was made for these Jazz classics. I'm not usually a fan of this genre (usually listen to classic rock), but every time one of her songs comes up when I have my iTunes set to random, I literally stop working or doing whatever I'm doing and just listen. You won't be disappointed with this album.

Stephen Blackman

Her Mix Of Moods And Melodies Creates A Thoroughly Enjoyable Recording!
This recording is well worth buying! Carri possesses a wondrous voice that calls to mind the power and expressiveness of Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Laine and Diane Schuur at one moment, and summons up a comparison with the breathy cool-toned voices of Astrud Gilberto and Diane Krall in the next moment.

She has a great choice of material here. Some new to me, and even the familiar ones have arrangements that put interesting new perspectives on the Great American Songbook. My favorite here is Stolen Moments, but a close second is Speak No Evil.

Carri has a distinctive swinging quality and intensity in this recording. On slow numbers, her voice is restrained, expressive and centered, allowing her to captivate with the nuances of a ballad. On up-tempo material her exultant singing is a sensual and swinging force that makes you want to physically participate in the music by tapping feet, snapping fingers, and bobbing your head. Highly Recommended.

Stephen B.

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Recording!
This recording is well worth buying! Carri possesses a wondrous voice that calls to mind the power and expressiveness of Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Laine and Diane Schuur at one moment, and summons up a comparison with the breathy cool-toned voices of Astrud Gilberto and Diane Krall in the next moment.

She has a great choice of material here. Some new to me, and even the familiar ones have arrangements that put interesting new perspectives on the Great American Songbook. My favorite here is Stolen Moments, but a close second is Speak No Evil.

Carri has a distinctive swinging quality and intensity in this recording. On slow numbers, her voice is restrained, expressive and centered, allowing her to captivate with the nuances of a ballad. On up-tempo material her exultant singing is a sensual and swinging force that makes you want to physically participate in the music by tapping feet, snapping fingers, and bobbing your head. Highly Recommended!