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.
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)