Janet Seidel | Charade / Henry Mancini Songbook

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Charade / Henry Mancini Songbook

by Janet Seidel

Super smooth pop/jazz vocalist sings Henry Mancini songs along with piano great Joe Chindamo in a stylish sophisticated atmosphere and audiophile quality recording.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Dreamsville
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2. Slow Hot Wind
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3. Straight to Baby
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3:32 album only
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4. Whistling Away the Dark
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5. Days of Wine and Roses
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6. Charade
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7. Nothing to Lose
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8. Dear Heart
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9. The Loss of Love
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10. Mr Lucky
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11. Moment to Moment
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12. Crazy World
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13. I Love You Don't You Forget It
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14. Two For the Road
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From the December,2007 issue of "Jazz Life" magazine Japan

Recorded in Sydney, Australia September, 2007

Reviewer: Kaoru Tachibana

"Moon of Manakoora," a unique Jazz vocal CD, which features
refreshingly cool sounds of a ukulele, became a great hit for Janet Seidel in 2005. The latest studio-recorded CD in two and half years turns out to be a tribute to Henry Mancini.
It is impressive that beautiful and sophisticated songs by Mancini, "Loss of Love," "Charade," "The Days of Wine and Roses," and so on, become her own. I believe this is largely because of new warm interpretation this jazz
band makes, which brings a higher level of sophistication to the songs.
Her uniquely, calm, soft and sweet voice is feast to my ears. A highly acclaimed jazz pianist in Australia Joe Chindamo gently plays the piano and shows his presence positively in this album.

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Following 16 best selling vocal jazz albums from Janet Seidel, is this luxurious new CD, “CHARADE” – The Henry Mancini Songbook just released in Australia. Each new album by Janet brings a fresh view of her uniquely cool and clear vocal artistry, and on this one the presence of piano master, Joe Chindamo, as featured sideman brings a further world class sophistication to the sound.

Henry Mancini wrote great songs, usually for movies, some very much of an era and others timeless masterpieces. Janet loves to find good songs to challenge her and this theme provided enough choices for two albums, so the list was culled to 14 tracks, ranging from Dreamsville "a love refrain for hipsters" to Two For the Road, Mancini’s favourite of all.

Recorded in just 8 hours at Sydney’s Studio 301 the finished CD consists almost entirely of first takes. Janet and her touring trio had sketched some arrangements of her choice of Mancini originals and Chindamo breezed in from Melbourne with no rehearsal and immediately established an almost telepathic rapport throughout the whole session. The all analogue recording by Richard Lush (one of the original Abbey Road engineers for artists such as the Beatles!) is certainly of audiophile quality, and the natural acoustic ambience is just right for the music.

Aside from Janet Seidel, Joe Chindamo must surely be the only other Australian artist to have reached No. 1 on Japan’s international Jazz Charts, with his popular piano trio CDs.

Chuck Morgan and David Seidel tour and record regularly with Janet providing a deep, relaxed and soulful groove at all times. Morgan’s swinging jazz guitar style and quick ear is a perfect foil for Chindamo’s creative piano work and they do a miraculous job of always enhancing the music, often leaving an enticing spaciousness to frame the vocals. Fabian Hevia has also toured with Janet and his percussion work is a standout, especially the bongos which lend a mysterioso flavour to three of the tracks.

The CD was released first in Japan late in 2007 on the Tokyo based label Fab and has already been described by a Japanese critic as “jazz vocals MASTERPIECE”. Now regarded as one of Japan’s most popular Jazz vocalists, Janet will be touring Japan in May/ June 2008 along with legends Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin and rising US vocal star Roberta Gamberini, for Fujitsu Jazz Elite, one of Japan’s biggest jazz festival / concert tours.


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Edward Goodstein

A Real Winner!!!
Yet another fab album from Ms. Seidel!! This one is a 'songbook' album with a nice range of Mancini songs, most familiar but a few rarities too like lovely ballads "Nothing to Lose" & "Crazy World," the almost 'pop' "Straight to Baby," and near rarities like "Slow Hot Wind" and "Loss of Love." Good song mix from the out and out slight but cute pop of "I Love You Don't Forget It" to the complex, rhapsodic poignancy of "Days of Wine and Roses." Big plus here is pianist Joe Chindamo, who adds very creative, distinctive piano lines around & underneath JS. Chuck Morgan's intricate guitar work is also noteworthy. The album is definitely an ensemble piece with a lot of room for all the musicians & they make the most of it. And the result is one fine HM album. They capture the bittersweet, complex side of the lyrics by such HM collaborators as Johnny Mercer, Jay Livingston/Ray Evans, Leslie Bricusse and others. There's still a girlish quality to Seidel's voice; but she's a very thoughtful interpreter revealing well the vulnerable side of the songs without being just wistful. Sarah Vaughn's classic HM album is more soulful; Sue Raney's carries things to an even jazzier dimension. But Seidel, Chindamo & the others show a knowing poignancy & charm.
Also nice to have another studio album from JS,
after mainly a few not quite so sonicially great (if fun too) live ones.

E Ducusin

A Great Singer!
I was on the lookout for a songbook album featuring someone out of the usual league of Gershwin, Porter et al. And I was surprised to learn of a Mancini tribute - not so many aside from Sarah Vaughan and Mancini's daughther. I tried listening over the samples provided and it immediately registered and what a discovery!!!! She swings but not that kind that overwhelms - just right for a lounge setting. And for someone with a penchant for buying albums that revolve around a theme (and the best examples are composer's tributes or songbooks, what else) I ended up ordering her Porter album (and maybe her tribute to Doris Day and also that French CD ....almost ..and how about an Aznavour in the future alla Jack JOnes' "Write Me a Love Song, Charlie" ).

My only big question and it's a $1 million dollar question and basically the reason why I was hesitant of giving her a 5 star rating was....where is Moon River??? That song is one of my top 10 all time favorite and for it not being included tantamounts to being sacriligeous. Moon River is Mancini and Mancini is Moon River...no question asked. Until now I am still baffled by that oversight/intentional omission..whatever that is.

But I still rejoice that I discovered a gem of a singer and whose albums are packaged over a theme. I am not sure whether Ms. Seidel would ever read this and miracle of miracles would answer my question - what happened to Moon River?