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Laila Biali

Laila Biali

Laila Biali

Price: € 22.95
Format: CD
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427904126
Catnr: ACT 90412
Release date: 09 February 2018
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Label
ACT music
UPC
0614427904126
Catalogue number
ACT 90412
Release date
09 February 2018
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About the album

Laila Biali would like to reintroduce herself.

The raven-haired musician has won awards (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards) and played the world’s most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall). She’s toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: She’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars. And now, almost two decades into a successful career, she’s ready for a change.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Laila says of her upcoming self-titled album. “I’ve been playing music professionally for years but this album feels, in a way, like a new beginning.”

Led by the funky single, “Got to Love,” LAILA BIALI is the culmination of everything the acclaimed singer-songwriter has achieved thus far. “Writing this album, I felt like a kid in a candy store, wanting to try everything,” Laila explains. “It took some time for me to find my voice as a songwriter, and I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself into any one particular genre.”

The end result is an eclectic-but-focused album that Laila describes as “fully representative.” “There are elements of improvisation, so the jazz is there,” she says. “There’s also an edgier songwriting persona that I think has always been there but took some time to hone in on.”

Catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio, it’s pop music, but not the kind that can be neatly tagged by an algorithm. Melodies take thrilling left turns and pre-choruses give way to instrumental interludes. One minute Biali is soaring over a bluesy storm of handclaps and hard-charging keyboard riffs (“Got to Love”), the next she is pouring out her soul on an impassioned, slow-burning plea for empathy (“Refugee.”) It’s pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles.

Balancing the competing impulses was a challenge, but the final outcome was worth it. “I’m more excited about this record than any other project of mine to date,” Laila declares. Fans should be too

Artist(s)

Laila Biali (vocals)

Laila Biali masterfully mixes jazz and pop: “Already highly acclaimed in North America, with Laila Biali’s mellifluous vocals, dynamic pianism and ability for penning, hook-laden songs that reputation is surely going to flourish further afield.' Jazzwise (GB)
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Laila Biali masterfully mixes jazz and pop: “Already highly acclaimed in North America, with Laila Biali’s mellifluous vocals, dynamic pianism and ability for penning, hook-laden songs that reputation is surely going to flourish further afield." Jazzwise (GB)
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Sam Yahel (organ)

Ben Wittman (drums)

Lisa Fischer (vocals)

Jo Lawry (vocals)

Composer(s)

Laila Biali (vocals)

Laila Biali masterfully mixes jazz and pop: “Already highly acclaimed in North America, with Laila Biali’s mellifluous vocals, dynamic pianism and ability for penning, hook-laden songs that reputation is surely going to flourish further afield.' Jazzwise (GB)
more
Laila Biali masterfully mixes jazz and pop: “Already highly acclaimed in North America, with Laila Biali’s mellifluous vocals, dynamic pianism and ability for penning, hook-laden songs that reputation is surely going to flourish further afield." Jazzwise (GB)
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01.
Got To Love
03:14
(Laila Biali) Jo Lawry, Lisa Fischer, Ben Wittman, Carlos Ricketts, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, Sam Yahel, Laila Biali
02.
We Go
05:17
(Laila Biali) Jo Lawry, Lisa Fischer, Glenn Patscha, Mike “Maz” Maher, Ben Wittman, Carlos Ricketts, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, Sam Yahel, Laila Biali
03.
Satellite
05:06
(Laila Biali) Jo Lawry, Ben Wittman, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, Ambrose Akinmusire, Laila Biali
04.
Yellow
04:43
(Coldplay) Jo Lawry, Ben Wittman, Laila Biali, Larnell Lewis, George Koller
05.
Refugee
05:26
(Laila Biali) Jo Lawry, Lisa Fischer, Ben Wittman, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, Sam Yahel, Ambrose Akinmusire, Laila Biali
06.
Dolores Angel
04:36
(Laila Biali) Laila Biali, Sam Yahel, George Koller, Larnell Lewis, Carlos Ricketts, Ben Wittman, Lisa Fischer, Jo Lawry
07.
Queen Of Hearts
04:54
(Laila Biali) Laila Biali, Sam Yahel, George Koller, Larnell Lewis, Ben Wittman, Lisa Fischer, Carlos Ricketts, Jo Lawry
08.
Serenbe
04:22
(Laila Biali) George Koller, Sam Yahel, Laila Biali, Larnell Lewis, Mike “Maz” Maher, Lisa Fischer, Ben Wittman, Jo Lawry
09.
Code Breaking
04:46
(Laila Biali) Laila Biali, Sam Yahel, George Koller, Larnell Lewis, Ben Wittman, Mike “Maz” Maher
10.
I Think It?s Going To Rain Today
03:38
(Laila Biali) Laila Biali, George Koller, Larnell Lewis, Ben Wittman, Jo Lawry
11.
Wind (Rumi Poem)
05:22
(Laila Biali) Ben Wittman, Laila Biali, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, Jo Lawry, Mike “Maz” Maher
12.
Let?s Dance
04:46
(Laila Biali) Sam Yahel, Laila Biali, George Koller, Glenn Patscha, Ben Wittman, Larnell Lewis, Jo Lawry
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