Anna Lauvergnac

Anna Lauvergnac

Format: CD
Label: TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
UPC: 0725095211321
Catnr: TCB 21132
Release date: 30 April 2001
1 CD
 
Label
TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
UPC
0725095211321
Catalogue number
TCB 21132
Release date
30 April 2001
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

In many European countries, it isn't uncommon for people to study English as a second language and become fluent at an early age. Consequently, the continent is full of talented jazz singers who have no problem expressing themselves in English even though it isn't their primary language. From Sweden's Jeanette Lindström and Denmark's Caecilie Norby to the Netherlands' Soesja Citroen, many European jazz vocalists sound perfectly comfortable in English -- and the same thing can be said about Italy native Anna Lauvergnac. The vocalist shows a lot of promise on this self-titled debut album, an enjoyable, if imperfect, cool jazz/post-bop effort that employs mostly European musicians. Lauvergnac's English is quite good, and even though she sings with a slight accent, she is easily understandable. Lauvergnac is also expressive, but in a subtle, understated way. Far from a belter, Lauvergnac obviously admires jazz' cool school, and her tasteful performances of well-known standards like "You Must Believe in Spring" and Billy Strayhorn's "Day Dream" give the impression that she has spent a lot of time listening to Chris Connor, Julie London, and other cool-toned goddesses. Lauvergnac doesn't get into any high-speed scatting or complex vocalese on this Swiss release, which emphasizes torch singing and values feeling over technique. The CD's main shortcoming has to do with her choice of material -- like so many 21st century jazz artists, Lauvergnac takes the easy way out and inundates listeners with standards that have been done to death over the years. She would do well to take a hint from British jazz singer Claire Martin and become more adventurous and less conventional when choosing songs. But while this album isn't as chance-taking as it could have been, it is consistently likable and demonstrates that Lauvergnac is well worth keeping an eye on.

Artist(s)

Anna Lauvergnac (vocals)

Anna Lauvergnac was born in Trieste, Italy, where short after starting singing jazz she started performing with some of the best jazz musicians of the North Italian jazz scene (Franco Vallisneri, Francesco Bearzatti, Renato Chicco, Glauco Venier, Bruno Cesselli and Paolo Conte’s guitarist Andrea Allione) In 1989 after attending a summer clinic she won a scolarships at the Berklee College of Music, but she decided to move to Graz, Austria, instead to study at the University of Performing Arts with Jazz Giants Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey and Sheila Jordan. In the same years she often traveled  to New York, getting  deeper and deeper in the music, studied with Barry Harris and returning to Europe founded a quartet and a septet...
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Anna Lauvergnac was born in Trieste, Italy, where short after starting singing jazz she started performing with some of the best jazz musicians of the North Italian jazz scene (Franco Vallisneri, Francesco Bearzatti, Renato Chicco, Glauco Venier, Bruno Cesselli and Paolo Conte’s guitarist Andrea Allione)

In 1989 after attending a summer clinic she won a scolarships at the Berklee College of Music, but she decided to move to Graz, Austria, instead to study at the University of Performing Arts with Jazz Giants Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey and Sheila Jordan. In the same years she often traveled to New York, getting deeper and deeper in the music, studied with Barry Harris and returning to Europe founded a quartet and a septet with pianist/arranger Claus Raible.

In 1994 she moved to Vienna where she soon was invited by star arranger-composer mathias ruegg to perform on different special Events with Europe leading Big Band : the Vienna Art Orchestra. She started as well a serial of recordings for ORF, the Austrian Radio, presenting each year a different project, performed with the most of the great musicians of the Austrian Jaz scene (Fritz Pauer, Wolfgang Pushnig, Bumi Fian, Oliver Kent, Hank Gradischnig, Karl Sayer, Christian Havel, Erwin Schmidt, Hans Strasser to name a few) and she wrote songs and music for seven movies of Austrian director Xaver Schwarzenberger.

In 1999 she was again in New York recording her first solo album « Anna Lauvergnac » (wich featured some of America and Europe top jazz musicians, such as Andy Bey, Fritz Pauer, Pete Bernstein , Claus Raible, John Di Martino, Boris Kozlov, Wolfgang Puschnig, Alegre Correa, Johanne Enders) for the Swiss label TCB, and back to Europe mathias ruegg offered her to become the new singer of the Vienna Art Orchestra . In the following decade she appeared on hundreds of concerts with the band, performing in all the major Jazz Festival and theaters in Europe as well as touring China, Cuba and Canada. (UmbriaJazz,Paris Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Time in Jazz, Natt Jazz, Beijing Jazz Festival, Nord Sea Jazz Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Jazz de l’Havana, Toronto Festival, Vancouver Jazzdays, Red Sea Jazz Festival…) and recorded 12 CDs, mostly for Universal Music. On the side she kept touring with different bands in Italy, France, Austria and Germany, collaborating with great artists such as Bojan Z, Alegre Corea, Paolo Fresu, Fritz Pauer to name a few, and released the cds « You must believe in Spring » with the Till Martin quartet and « Come Closer » with the Julia Huelsmann trio, and partecipated as a guest artist in different recordings.


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Boris Kozlov (bass)

“Kozlov is one of the anchors of modern jazz' Todd Barkan 2 times Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on New York and international jazz scene for the past 20 years. Currently serving as a Bassist, Arranger and Musical Director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit', Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean -Michel Pilc and many others. Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow ,USSR on December 5, 1967 . Having a chance to go to Children's Music School to study piano...
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“Kozlov is one of the anchors of modern jazz" Todd Barkan 2 times Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on New York and international jazz scene for the past 20 years. Currently serving as a Bassist, Arranger and Musical Director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra, as well as leading his own projects, he has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit', Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean -Michel Pilc and many others.
Boris Kozlov was born in Moscow ,USSR on December 5, 1967 . Having a chance to go to Children's Music School to study piano for 7 years, he fell in love with the bass and won Gnesin Music Academy competition to enter college at the age of 15 on electric bass guitar. While being influenced by rock and classical music, he took interest in jazz at 17 and went on to study acoustic bass with a notable bassist Anatoly Sobolev. Upon graduation in 1987 with Diploma of Honor at the age of 19, he served mandatory 2 years in the Soviet Army, where he had to play tuba and other brass instruments besides basses in the military band.
Once out of the Army, he was hired by the State owned 'Melodia' Studio Ensemble in 1989 and proceeded to record more than 40 albums with them as well as many other Soviet jazz artists. At the same time he continued his studies at The State Academy of Music. At the First USSR Competition of Jazz Soloists in 1990 he won The Grand Prix as well as a special prize for his original composition. After winning the first spot in Young Musician category in USSR Jazz Journal in 1991 he decided to move to New York. The self-study continued in a specific NY jazz environment ,where he was eventually hired by Hassan Williams and Terry Gibbs/Buddy De Franco Band and later by : saxophonists Bobby Watson, Bob Berg , Benny Golson, James Moody, Ronnie Cuber, John Stubblefield, Ravi Coltrane, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin .
trumpeters Dizzy Reese, Phillip Harper, Brian Lynch ( Grammy 2007), Alex Sipiagin,Ray Vega pianists Eddie Palmieri, Walter Bishop Jr., Michel Petrucciani, Arturo O'Farrill, Michel Legrand, Stanley Cowell, Jon Ballantyne, George Colligan, Orrin Evans, Edward Simon, Helen Sung, Joey Calderazzo vibraphonists Joe Locke, Bill Ware; guitarists Mark Whitfield, David Gilmore, Adam Rogers, Jack Wilkins, Ximo Tebar drummers Tommy Campbell, Victor Jones, Marlon Simon, Victor Lewis, Jonathan Blake, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Ali Jackson, Antonio Sanches; vocalists Jay Mc Govern, Urszula Dudziak, Monday Michiru; trombonists Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Andy Hunter; trombonist/vocalist Frank Lacy’s Experience and the funk- jazz band NewHypeJazz After sharing a stage with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Cobb, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Smith, Henry Butler, Toots Thielemans & Clark Terry on multiple occasions and playing on 9 Grammy nominated albums plus the Grammy winning 'Simpatico' -in addition to the other 160 albums, having few of his Scores published, Boris continues to serve as an MD for all of the Mingus Dynasty projects( winning his 2nd Grammy with them in 2010) ,touring and recording extensively with multitude of different other bands ,as well as doing international work with his own "Malfunction Alibi". He also performs solo bass and teaches master classes around the world following the release of his acoustic solo album " Double Standard".

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Andy Scherrer (saxophone)

Andy Scherrer (* 1946 / Tenor Saxophone): One of Europe's leading tenor saxophone voices , Andy Scherrer has made a name for himself as a longtime member of the „Vienna Art Orchestra“ - besides working with heavyweights like Gary Burton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cedar Walton and Mel Lewis. Approaching his 70th birthday next year, Scherrer looks back upon a fruitful career recording and playing live on the world's most prestigious stages. Yet, his big, round sound and his soulful style of improvisation are still very much in demand. His recent collaborations in a Trio with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and bassist Larry Grenadier, a Quartet with drummer Jorge Rossy (of the Brad Mehldau Trio) and pianist William Evans are ample proof of...
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Andy Scherrer (* 1946 / Tenor Saxophone): One of Europe's leading tenor saxophone voices , Andy Scherrer has made a name for himself as a longtime member of the „Vienna Art Orchestra“ - besides working with heavyweights like Gary Burton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cedar Walton and Mel Lewis. Approaching his 70th birthday next year, Scherrer looks back upon a fruitful career recording and playing live on the world's most prestigious stages. Yet, his big, round sound and his soulful style of improvisation are still very much in demand. His recent collaborations in a Trio with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and bassist Larry Grenadier, a Quartet with drummer Jorge Rossy (of the Brad Mehldau Trio) and pianist William Evans are ample proof of that fact. Besides his tremendous skills as saxophone player, Scherrer is also known for his sensitive piano playing, making him the first choice to accompany singers like Sandy Patton or Ann Malcolm. Andy Scherrer has been a featured member of „Peter's Playstation“ for the past two years.

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Johannes Enders (saxophone)

Andy Bey (piano)

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01.
Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care to Know)
04:52
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
02.
Waiting for Someone to Love
04:23
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
03.
You Must Believe in Spring
04:57
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
04.
First Song
05:26
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
05.
I Fall in Love Too Easily/The Meaning of the Blues
05:07
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
06.
Corcovado
06:08
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
07.
Spring Is Here
05:59
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
08.
Close Your Eyes
03:09
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa
09.
Day Dream
07:28
Anna Lauvergnac, Peter Bernstein, Boris Kozlov, Andy Scherrer, Andy Bey, Wolfgang Puschnig, John Di Martino, Johannes Enders, Alegre Corrêa

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