Lua Hadar with TWIST
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, CA
Engineer: Ari Rios
Vocals: Lua Hadar
Musical Direction & Arranging: Jason Martineau
Piano & Udu: Jason Martineau
Acoustic & Electric Bass: Andrew Higgins
Drums & Percussion: Jim Zimmerman
Latin Percussion: Patricio Angulo
Reeds: Tony Malfatti
Accordion: Dave Miotke
World Jazz influenced by pop, funk and international cabaret – vocalist Lua Hadar has a soaring range and sings in several languages. The band made it's international debut at the Bangkok Festival of Dance & Music.
"…instantly accessible and truly exotic."
We want to thank our NEW FANS who listen to:
KZSM in Santa Cruz
KAFM in Colorado
WEFT in Illinois
for putting us on the TOP 10 list, along with Charlie Parker, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Naylor and Elaine Elias.
On the May 10, 2008, CD Release at New York's Iridium Jazz Club:
"What an exciting evening San Francisco-based jazz vocalist Lua Hadar treated us to at the Iridium in a performance celebrating her new CD, “Twist” … a stunning evening…sheer beauty… every selection was dramatically on the nose…she rocked… her physical presence and body language remind one of the great Latin, Abbe Lane, at her peak…pure pleasure!" - Joe Regan Jr. Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City
"This review only needs one word really – WOW! With a powerful voice booming from the Latin heavens, Hadar spreads a rainbow of passion across the musical landscape… fire power spicier than any dish in a local cabana… simply amazing, a glorious ride into the passions hiding behind the hearts of everyday."
- J. Edward Sumearu, The Metro Spirit, Augusta, Georgia.
"…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool" - Luna Kafé, Sweden
"…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible" - Blast Radio 1386, UK
"FRESH!" - San Francisco Chronicle
"A sexy lady from New York who swings it internationally. It’s a high-octane release, something new and unexpected." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap, Lake Zurich, Illinois
"…astounding command of [her] voice…her name should be spotlighted worldwide." - Nicolo Furmankiewicz, Department of Virtuosity Magazine, Warsaw, Poland
"The jazz on show here is blended with world music elements, especially French and Latin flavors, which make for quite a rich and sophisticated mixture." - John M. Peters, The Borderland Magazine, UK
"Hadar is so effective interpreting international tunes, especially those from France, that I would like to hear a complete CD of such tunes. She sounds like a chanteuse."
- Benjamin Franklin, Cashbox Magazine, Ridgeway, South Carolina
"…instantly accessible and truly exotic." - LMNOP Magazine. Chattanooga, Tennessee
"Hadar is matched with a jazz quartet augmented by Latin percussion and accordion to deliver a unique sound they call "Jazz Without Borders"."
- Jeffrey Siegel, Straight No Chaser, Springfield, Massachusetts
"… interesting, cross-pollinating musical bedfellows…elegance and dignity… a mix of funkiness … sultry, art song, jazz, and Latin ... I like it more with each listen, as I did with her prior album. Expect the unexpected from Lua Hadar." - Rob Lester, Sound Advice, New York City
"…well-crafted jazz with high soulfulness and spirit…this album gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from our ears!" - Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation, Mililani, Hawaii
"…a sultry voice with hints of Piaf… can express intimate joy in her voice… passionate… emotionally complex… she can move effortlessly down to her mezzo range, and her voice can soar in the upper ranges." – Albert Goodwyn, San Francisco Bay Times
"…able to make the familiar sound fresh…she can easily get to the emotional heart of a ballad…"
- Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes, Los Angeles
"…beautiful...truly original..." - Enrico de Angelis, L’Arena, Verona, Italy
ELEGANCE - DIGNITY - FUNKINESS
- Rob Lester, Sound Advice, TalkinBroadway.com, New York
For her second solo album, Lua Hadar (once one-third of a female vocal group called The Kitchenettes who recorded a cool CD before going their separate and distinct ways) does music with a twist—unexpected approaches and song selections all over the map. The album title literally refers to the band—which goes by the name Twist. Showing her wide range, vocally and stylistically, and singing in a few different languages, Lua and her album are full of surprises and satisfying trips to musical landscapes bordering on opera and pop and folk. Like the pacifist one-world wish celebrated in the convincing song "No Borders," she also makes a good case for music having no borders as she easily drifts from one genre to another like a chameleon. That song is one she co-wrote with album producer Candace Forest and her skillful musical director Jason Martineau, who plays piano and udu on the album as one of six musicians. His fine piano work throughout is a major attraction, especially on the final cut, the album's longest (over six minutes), "Vorrei."
Styles and sensibilities make for interesting, cross-pollinating musical bedfellows. One track blends the song of love (it's a sad song) from the 1953 movie Lili, "Hi-Lilli, Hi-Lo," with Francis Poulenc's setting of text by playwright Jean Anouilh, "Les Chemins de l'amour." Another interesting pairing is the well-covered Schwartz/Dietz standard "Dancing in the Dark" (whose profile this year is increased as it became the title song of a musical featuring their catalogue) with a much lesser-known number, "Twilight World" with a Johnny Mercer lyric and a melody by pianist-composer Marian McPartland. Lua brings an elegance and dignity to both numbers—qualities she seems to come by comfortably and easily. She brings a mix of funkiness and classical approach to Dan Fogelberg's hit "Longer," and elsewhere dips into settings that could be called sultry, art song, jazz, and Latin ...
1 Floating Where I Have Never Been (Je Vôle)
An original funk tune with music and lyrics by TWIST Music Director Jason Martineau, in French and English. (French translation courtesy of Matthew Haslip). The original English lyric begins, “the joy of embracing, the loss of letting go…” The song evokes the yin and yang of relationship – “there’s pain in pleasure” – and the surrender to the forces of nature – “the tides will move us, along which we will go.” Andrew Higgins plays fretless Fender bass on this song, with a sinuous alto sax solo by Tony Malfatti. Lua’s vocal floats effortlessly over the band.
2 Twilight World/Dancing in the Dark
The Marian McPartland/Johnny Mercer contemporary jazz classic pairs with the Schwartz & Dietz standard to evoke a bossa nova danced on a boat bathed in moonlight. Malfatti plays a Stan Getz-style tenor solo, then dances though Lua’s voice.
3 Sous Le Ciel De Paris (Under Paris Skies)
The opening strains of the accordion have us dancing in three-quarter time in the streets of Paris. The scene rapidly cross-fades and we’re in a Parisian nightclub – the kind you see in a black & white movie. A true chanteuse, Lua grooves with the accordion, as the room whirls in a jazz waltz. Music by Hubert Yves Giraud, French lyrics by Jean Drejac, guest accordioniste Dave Miotke.
4 All I Want
A latin/funk interpretation of the Joni Mitchell pop tune, originally from her 1971 Blue album, evokes a barefoot dance at an open-air bar on a beach in the middle of nowhere. Featuring Jim Zimmerman’s driving drums, Andrew Higgins on fretless Fender, with Malfatti’s wailing alto sax as a traveling partner to Lua’s earthy interpretation.
5 No Borders
This original – a “funky art song” – has words, music & arrangement by Lua Hadar, Candace Forest and Jason Martineau. Lua tells a true story about war and peace and then zooms out for a look at the big picture, using the full range, depth and color of her voice. Malfatti’s soprano sax weaves around the African udu drum played by Martineau.
Jason Martineau’s poetic piano opens this much beloved Dan Fogelberg piece, and returns for an eloquent solo. Patricio Angulo’s congas keep this modern day wedding dance warm and energized. The purity of Lua’s voice makes a tribute from the heart to the memory of the iconic American songwriter.
Patricio Angulo is featured in this Cuban classic by
Ernesto Lecuona, a prolific composer known as the “Cuban Gershwin.” The song switches back and forth between major and minor keys, the opening montuno kicking up to the percussion solo and then the driving 6/8 Afro-Cuban section, returning to the cha-cha at the end. Lua channels her inner Celia Cruz. “Siboney, I want you, I’m dying for your love…”
8 Hi Lilli Hi Lo/Les Chemins De L’amour
A waltz alone in the living room after your lover has gone. The two songs share a similar melodic structure and story: the ability of the human heart to heal and love again. The unique arrangement by Hadar, Forest and Martineau weaves the two waltzes together, featuring an elegant piano solo by Martineau. The haunting quality of Lua’s voice blends perfectly with Miotke’s poignant accordion obligato as these two beautiful tunes marry. Hi Lilli Hi Lo has music by Bronislaw Kaper with words by Helen Deutsch, from the 1953 movie, Lili. Les Chemins de L’amour has music by French composer Francis Poulenc and words by playwright Jean Anouilh.
(I Would Like)
The sun streams in the window in the morning, the panting of the world has stopped for a little while, and in your lover’s eyes you can see hope, not just for us, but for humankind. An Italian pop ballad with lyrics by Nini Giacomelli and music by Franco Bertoldi, sensuously performed by Lua and Jason as a duet for voice and piano. “I would like to stop the world, I would like to change time, sometimes jump over the impossible - to read a future I don’t know, and in an immense embrace hold the universe; the moon, sun and stars that I find in your eyes in the morning, when a soft light comes in, illuminating the room and giving a great breath of hope.”