1) Light In Your Eyes (Pierre van Dormael)
2) Evenin’ (Harry A. White, Mitchell Parish)
3) Like It Was Before (Pamela Watson)
4) Arrival (Horace Parlan, Mitchell, Suzie Scragg)
5) Indian Love Call (Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein)
6) The Peacocks (Jimmy Rowles, Norma Winstone)
7) All Too Soon (Duke Ellington)
8) 625 (Doug Lucas, Suzie Scragg)
9) Thanks (Rob van Bavel, Liesbeth Kooymans)
10) Fine Together (Lars Griffin, Philip Tagg)
11) One Hundred Dreams From Now (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
12) Hard To Say Goodbye (Jean “Toots” Thielmans, lyrics Deborah Brown
Melodies Have A Way Of Sticking With You
Through the years some of these songs never left my mind and because they were compositions from the past, it was a challenge to bring new life to them.
This cd, our second, Eric Ineke and JazzXpress certainly rose to the occasion. They wrote well thought out arrangements leaving room to just have fun. With a trip from Holland to the USA, in the land of jazz and BBQ, they were now on my home turf and we had a great recording session that included a musical “life” from Bobby Watson.
In these stressful days when people just want something soothing to listen to, I decided to select songs by degree of difficulty. I think my jazz audience expects music with substance. Also, as singers, we like to look for those “hidden gems”, something seldom done, ad there are so many beautiful melodies that have been done in the past. So, if you like strong melodies and timeless classics with a slight twist, this is for you!
I’d like to thank my dear husband, Michael Hansen, for keeping me motivated to get this cd recorded, Bobby and Pam Watson for providing me with songs, love and patience. Bobby, you’re a real musician’s friend in so many ways… thank you for all your support. Bill Crain, an engineer with “big ears”… you’re one of the best, many thanks for all the hours you spent! Eric, Marius, Sjoerd, Rodolpho and a special thanks to Rob for your beautiful arrangements.
I’d also like to thank Inye Wokoma for the lovely photos. I’d like to thank all my jazz “friends” for their support of our live performances. Jimmy and Clara Maddox for the jazz inspiation and a musicians favorite thing… “dinner”! Shela and Stacey Thomas for your continued support and Shaniece Reeves for sharing her vision for the art work. Thank you David Basse and KPR (Kansas Public Radio), for the love you show for jazz, and many thanks to The American Jazz Museum.
Special Guest Artist: Bobby Watson: Alto Saxophone
Deborah Brown: Vocals
Eric Ineke: Drums
Rob van Bavel: Piano
Marius Beets: Bass
Sjoerd Dijkhuisen: Tenor Saxophone
Rodolpho Fereira Neves: Trumpet
Bobby Watson is a Yamaha performing artist, plays Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces, and uses the Shure wireless microphone system.
Album designs: Shaniece Reeves www.veraciousgraphics.com
Photography: Inye Wokoma www.ijoarts.com
Recorded and mixed by Bill Crain at BRC Audio Productions, Kansas City, USA
Assistant Engineers: Josh Williams & Will Crain
Mastered by Bill Crain at: Studio “C” Mastering, BRC Audio Productions
Produced by: Bobby Watson, Bill Crain and Deborah Brown