Kristen Miranda | Double Time

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Double Time

by Kristen Miranda

Straight-ahead vocal jazz that swings hard and runs deep. Simply beautiful.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I Feel Pretty
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2. Joe's Place
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3. Over the Rainbow
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4. All Blues
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5. Where or When
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6. Ooh Child
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7. Bye Bye Blackbird
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8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
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9. Autumn Leaves
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10. I Could Have Told You So
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11. Stormy Monday (Bonus Track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Described by Grammy-nominated producer Bud Spangler as an "incredible talent", jazz singer Kristen Miranda has been performing nearly her whole life. Drawn to music as a very young child while growing up in a tough neighborhood in Northern California, she landed her first professional gig at the age of 14 and, at 18, headed off to UCLA to study music. There, she honed her considerable musical chops, and was one of a handful of freshmen ever admitted into UCLA’s prestigious Musical Theater Workshop. It was soon clear to her that musical theater was not her passion and, while music was still very much part of her spirit, she had not yet found her music – and had yet to find her voice. Discouraged, she left UCLA and headed to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, intent on finding the right way to try to make a contribution with her life. There, she pursued a degree in biology, planning for a career in health care. She thought she had left music for good.

At the age of 21, on the eve of a trip to Latin America, Kristen discovered jazz. A friend brought Kristen a recording of Ella Fitzgerald performing live in Berlin, and it would change the course of her life. “I’ll never forget that moment”, Kristen says now. “I remember where I was sitting, what I was wearing, the color of the walls. It was as if every sense in me had awakened. It was clear that I’d finally found what I’d been looking for. This music was grounded in improvisation, something I’d been doing my whole life in one form or another, and I loved that in-the-moment collaboration that happened on stage between musicians. That was it for me, honestly. I never looked back.”

Kristen formed a quintet and began performing in clubs all over Northern California. Over time, she developed a following. She performed in clubs and festivals all over the United States. She toured extensively in Japan and Europe, dazzling audiences with her intense musicality and charisma. She shared the stage with such jazz greats as Stanley Clarke and George Duke, Joe Williams, Marlena Shaw and Craig Chaquico. Her first recording, Transatlantic Connection, a collaboration with bassist Bootza Necak, garnered stellar reviews. But even as this recording broadened Kristen’s audience, she was becoming disillusioned with the “business” side of music. Not long after, she decided to take a break from performing to, among other things, raise a family.

As it turned out, she did not stay away forever. She got back into performing when some musician friends asked her to join their band. Working with great music and great musicians reminded her of what had been missing from her life. Since then, Kristen has returned to music with a vengeance, delighting audiences with her magnetic stage presence and soulful, swinging style. Legendary drummer and producer Bud Spangler says this of Kristen: “What I love most about Kristen is that no one sounds quite like her. You can hear the influence of Ella, for sure, but also of Betty Carter, Ernestine Anderson and Diana Krall – sometimes even Luther Vandross. She’s a soulful artist who just lights up a stage with her energy and fire. She’s at a place in her life when she knows who she is, both personally and musically, and you can feel that when you listen to her. She’s found her unique voice, full of compassion and insight. And let me tell you, she swings her ass off! This woman needs to be heard.”

Kristen’s long-awaited second recording, Double Time, is due out this spring. Produced by Spangler and featuring an all-star cast including pianist Joe Gilman, bassist John Wiitala, guitarist Steve Homan and trumpeter Tom Peron, this inspired collection should ensure Kristen a broad audience for years to come. It’s about time.

NOTE FROM KRISTEN ABOUT THE MUSIC (EXERPT FROM LINER NOTES):

I came into this recording with a list of tunes and ideas for arrangements and, from there, I brought in Bud Spangler, known to the world as a kick ass jazz producer but better known to me as my kick ass drummer and dear friend. Bud and I went to work refining my list of songs, talking through arrangements, and thinking about the right collaborators to join us. In the end, I asked Steve Homan and Scott Collard to work with us. Those working sessions, steeped in a little red wine and a lot of mutual affection and respect, were deeply satisfying (not to mention a blast).

Some of the tracks you’ll hear, like All Blues and Bye Bye Blackbird, were so simply arranged that we just talked them through in the studio and then stretched out for some fun while recording. Others were a little trickier and took some time to find our way into. Ooh Child, arguably the most oddball tune on the recording, was actually first on my list to record, but I knew we’d need to find the right approach. Steve put together a beautiful and delicate arrangement; I’ll never forget Steve, Tom and I working on this the night before recording, still trying to get it right. In the end, I think we found our way into the song– this may be my very favorite track on the record.

Having not recorded in awhile, I was a little taken aback by the wizardry available to polish and spit-shine things to a high sheen. I was intrigued, to be sure, but in the end we resisted the temptation to get things “perfect” or otherwise change things we did not get exactly right during our live recoding, knowing that in the process we would also sacrifice the magic that the band and I, along with Bud, had all felt in those two days together in the studio. Bud calls this an “honest” record. That it is. I wouldn't have had it any other way.



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Karin Lee

Don't Miss This
OMG, I LOVE this record. Just downloaded it last night and can't stop listening! Seriously, if you want to listen to jazz -- true jazz -- they way it should b done, pick up a copy of Kristen Miranda's newest CD. This woman makes it personal. Indeed, I stopped my reading and got myself a cup of coffee so I could better take it in.
The music and Miranda's whimsical (but powerful!) touch is sustained on this from start to finish. Her arrangements (with the possible exception of Autumn Leaves, not my personal favorite approach to this great standard) are all original and strong, but you will be absolutely blown away by an old favorite: Ooh Child. Her voice on this one is mellifluous, gentle, and confident. Truly, you could not ha imaged this 70's R&B song done this way but, after hearing Kristen's version, I swear you'll never imagine it any other way. Hopeful and poignant, this one's just stunning all round. Wow.
Jazz lovers, stand up and support this record. It's truly special.

Skip Towne

Joyously great...
I had the pleasure of playing with Kris a bit in college, (Portland circa 1982) and she was a phenom. Time has only added to her warmth, depth and charm. So happy to hear this new recording effort, and once again hear her inner beauty shining through, track after track. You've stolen my heart once again!

Double Time

My Favorite
I love Kristen's new recording Double Time. She is an unparalleled jazz stylist who I find both haunting and heart-felt which is rare for a singer. Not only that, she includes some of the finest musicians to be found. Listening to Joe's Place (which she co-wrote) she puts you at ease "Forget all your worries and your fears and reach for something more" makes you believe it is her that is reaching for the stars. Steve Homan on guitar gently opens in a wonderfully simple arrangement of Over the Rainbow and I could visualize the blue birds fly. Miles Davis is my favorite composer and it's great to hear Kristen sing and interpret All Blues. John Vitala is wonderful on bass and it makes me swoon. OOh Child from 70's R&B is a pleasant surprise, not what I would expect on a jazz recording. "Things are going to get easier. Things will be brighter." Kristen over and over makes you believe in something more. Where or When by Rodgers and Hart finds Kristen at her most mystical and haunting. For all of us who feel we have loved someone before, maybe in a past life, somehow she makes us believe it. Her interpretation is so achingly beautiful "It seems like we have met before and laughed before and loved before who knows. Heaven knows when or where?" Well, maybe we were together in a past lifetime Kristen, who knows. This song knocked me out. Finally, Kristen lets us know how good of a blues singer she is with a wonderful bonus track of Storm Monday in which she lets it all loose. It is really wonderful to hear your new CD Kristen. You put so much love, depth and feeling, and your soul into this recording, that it is really wonderful.

Anna Brower

Wow!
I really love this record. I followed Kristen years ago, and was so happy to see she had recorded again. She's a rare combination of sultry and fun and soulful . The tunes on this record range from swinging and playful (Bye Bye Blackbird, I Feel Pretty, All Blues) to hauntingly beautiful (Over the Rainbow, Ooh Child) to simply lovely (Joe's Place --an original that Kristen and pianist Joe Gilman wrote-- and I Could Have Told You So). Kristen absolutely tears it up on Stormy Monday, and is clearly having a great time with some phenomenal musicians. What a rare treat. It's a joy to hear you, Kristen, we're so glad you're back!

Kimbra Saner

A Long Awaited Treat
I decided to treat myself today, to good music, good wine, and a nice meal. While prepping my dinner, I popped in the new CD - Double Time - by Kristen Miranda. I've been waiting a LONG time for this release and ordered it as soon as I found out it was available. It's so wonderful to hear that distinctive voice again, the arrangements that only Kristen and her masterful partners could design and share with an anxiously waiting fan base. I've followed her since the early 1990's and continue to be swept away into a melodic place that only the best in the jazz world know how to lead my ears. I found myself swinging and dancing along to Stormy Monday and Autumn Leaves, all while hearing some new sounds and vibes that were surprising and classic all at once.

Kristen gives her vocals a beautiful stretch on "Where and When" with a nice low swing in the beginning, and a little bit of growl that I'm not used to hearing. Just the right amount at the right moments. Her familiar vibrato comes through so nicely, and I can feel her smiling during the part right before the horn solo by Darius Babazadeh (who kills it!).

The haunting intro to "Ooh Child" leads to an emotional vocal that ensures the listener that yes, there will be a better day…sincere, honest, raw. A mother's wish that must come true, followed by some interplay with Tom Peron's incredible trumpet that brings me back twenty years ago to hearing these amazing musicians for the first time. I find myself singing the lyrics to Ooh Child already, so soulful and deep, penetrating my heart with hope for the future…


Imagine a night with an open the glass french doors to let the fresh air in and the music would flows out onto the patio. That same playfulness is evident on Bye Bye Blackbird, while Kristen and Tom go back and forth with each other, climbing and dashing around with the piano. You just know everyone was tapping their toes during that recording session. Then here comes the scatting and Rick Lotter's soaring drum work, and there's a heaping serving of everything this jazz lover needs!

I'm on my second go-round with this new collection, and now dinner is finished. What I know will never be finished is the enjoyment to hear these talented musicians come back to me more polished and shining than ever. The wine I had with dinner was just a basic red, but this new CD of old standards turned my evening into a perfectly aged Bordeaux from the depths of a secret cellar. And it just piqued.

Please don't make us wait another twenty years!

John Talley

Amazing Singer
I downloaded this CD two days ago and can't stop listening to it. This woman swings and soars and moves me like no singer I've listened to in a long, long time. She's a jazz singer, for sure - the inventive phrasing and rhythmic scatting are for real-- but she reaches beyond the genre to something broader and timeless. The overall effect is kind of hard to describe but is something special. I hope it catches on. For my part, I'll be telling everyone I know to start listening.

Jan Aaronson

Great
Loved this recording. Have played it over and over already, All Blues my favorite (check out piano solo!), but I was incredibly moved by Ooh Child (never could have imagined an arrangement like that for this song, which works surprising well on a jazz CD as re-invented here by Kristen). Just a great record all around, really hope others will buy and support.

tim

so glad to have found this!
I saw Kristen perform earlier this year in Germany, and have been waiting for this release to become available. It's great to hear that her incredible charm and charisma -which dazzled the audience the night I saw her-- translate beautifully on this album. Most of the songs on this record she did not perform live when I saw her, so these were a revelation, and showcase emotional depth that is both delicate and powerful.

Ben

You'll Love This
Kristen's just beautiful to listen to, the song selection is varied and interesting, and the musicians are all top notch. The overall effect is mesmerizing , one of the best jazz records I've bought in a long time.

Amy Brower

Soundtrack for my life
You can hear this wonderful album playing in my car and wafting through my house. Kristen's voice has such warmth and joy ,not to mention the girl has great timing. What a treat to hear Kristen sing with these remarkable musicians!
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