Lesley Kernochan | The Pickle Jar

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The Pickle Jar

by Lesley Kernochan

"If you like your piano pop tasty like Fiona Apple-y with some Regina Spektor and a bit of jazz thrown in for good measure, then check out this album. Kernochan's jazzy pop is intelligent, playful, and has plenty of nuance and groove to boot." - CDBaby
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1. Blueberry Eyes
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2. My Giant Jar
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3. The Dark Lady\'s Invitation
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4. Uh-Oh
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5. The Hamster Wheel
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6. Yes
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7. Ouch!
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8. Confessions of a Young Girl
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9. Good Morning Darling
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10. Bob Cash & Johnny Dylan
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11. Learning to Meditate
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12. My New Friend
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Pickle Jar is my second album of original music. It is a collection of songs about a few pickles I've found myself in, that turned out to be blessings.

This album features remarkable musicians from Portland, Oregon including Drew Shoals on drums, Jamie Stillway on guitar, Arthur Parker on bass, Skip von Kuske on cello, and me on vocals and piano.

The music on this album explores many different genres from something Alison Krauss-esque, to old-timey jazz, to country, to funk, to classical, to rock. Meanwhile, the lyrics and Lesley's extremely versatile voice are what drive each song with a mixture of quirky and vulnerable.


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Rebecca Tuynman

Warning: Songs will get stuck in your head
I love this album. It's so catchy, sweet and wise. You'll be singing along in no time, and you'll wish Lesley was your new best girlfriend, because she seems so fun and smart and easy to hang out with. It's the kind of music that isn't specific to any age or group, you can be unembarrassed as you play it for your mom or your brother or your students or customers. Just enjoy!

Peters at CD Baby


If you like your piano pop tasty like Fiona Apple-y with some Regina Spektor and a bit of loungey jazz thrown in for good measure, then check out this album. Kernochan's jazzy pop is intelligent, playful, and has plenty of nuance and groove to boot. Kernochan's piano is complemented by her talented band: Drew Shoals on drums, Jamie Stillway on guitar, Arthur Parker on upright bass, Skip von Kuske on cello. Shoals' jazz-meets-hip-hop beats are a particularly apt match for Parker's solid upright bass work. And just because she plays piano doesn't mean she's a softy; check out her wailing scream on "Ouch!" - it's convincing, more than a little thrilling, and totally charming, as is the album as a whole.

* chad *

brilliant and soulful
i am totally in love with this album. lesley's voice has such an incredible range and so much soul. there is such an eclectic mix of sound, with each song owning it's own uniqueness and clever lyrics, all wrapped up in a jazz-based package. and it all blends together brilliantly. "Blueberry Eyes" is my favorite tune (right now) that just seems to sooth me deep down inside. You would be doing your "oxygenarian" self a favor by adding this bundle of joy to your music collection. it is no surprise that CD Baby gave this one 5 stars and it is well deserved.

michelle

Delish!
This lil' lady will charm your ears wide open and clean out the ol' cobwebs in your heart and expand your mind with just a coupla spins of the cd. Talent and genius mixed together creates my favorite kind of music. I love it. Over and over and over and over. All I can say is MORE please.

Jillian Hicks

New GREAT Music!
This is the album to pick if you're sick of all your old CDs and the latest music that's been coming out. Lesley Kernochan has a floating, songbird voice that can silence a room one minute and re-ignite the candle that you just blew out at your table from gasping at the pure beauty you heard. Her latest album is a leap into a new land of grace, exploration, and intelligence. Everyone who hears her lyrics will be able to relate and find personal connection with her poetic expressions of life. She adds light into the world!

F. Pierce

Extraordinary Invention
This is the best album I've heard in a long time: alternately mellow, mature, and unapologetically passionate. If you think songwriters should ask the big questions without losing track of the simple things, this music is for you. Ms. Kernochan makes us laugh, blush, and remember, and surprises us at every turn. As a singer, her range is stratospheric, but it's the direct intimacy of her voice that sells the songs. There's some mighty tasty cello and guitar work on this album, but the instrument that makes it really cruise is the voice of Ms. Kernochan herself. A superb collection of exceptional songs.

Mary Dennison


Love your mind-bending, incredible voice and the extraordinary mind that created the music and thought-provoking lyrics Lesley! Your talent is awe-inspiring!

Barbara

Heart Pickler I Mean Tickler
I took Lesley's CD to a little jewelry shop on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, run by an eighty-five year old lady from Vienna who's still sharp as a tack. It took her about five seconds of listening to light up and say "I like it!" Need I say more? OK, I like it too. No, I love it. Let me count the ways: I love it for its honesty of sentiment, no matter how big the pickle; for the thrill of hearing a voice that can do ANYTHING; for ensemble work to beat the band, inviting close and fascinated listening; and - for the certainty there'll be another one to follow, Lesley!! Congratulations on your journey of head and heart !

Ginger Haycox

Talk about nailing it!
How absolutely refreshing to listen to this album. A wonderfully unique style but with touches of familiarity - I sat listening & thinking..."who does she remind me of? Someone I used to just love..." But does it matter who she reminds me of? Nope, because she's got so much of herself to offer here, it's great! I'm linking this page to three friends I know will love this & will likely want to pick up a copy for themselves. I know I'm going to.

Mitzi


Like her voice :) Especially the song, blueberry eyes, is so lovely
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