Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - James Nadal
Contemporary jazz vocalists, caught in the current trend to accelerate their careers, are often indistinguishable from the pack, the essence of their music lost in haste. With her release of Changes, veteran singer Carmen Lundy proves that this premise does not apply to her, rising to that proverbial summit to enjoy the rarefied air of the chosen few.
Graced and gifted with a smooth, effortless voice, Lundy has been highly heralded since her landmark 2005 record, Live at the Madrid (Afrasia). Though she has done other records since, she is back with a supple encore of original compositions and novel directions. She states that she approached these songs with the guitar in mind and, accordingly, brought in premier guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves for his expertise in dealing with subtle, nuanced rhythms. Though he lays back on much of the recording, on "Sleeping Alone" he begins with his soft guitar sketching a distant samba. Lundy delivers the swaying tempo as only she can. They combine for another guitar/vocal duet on "Where Love Surrounds Us," where the acoustic arrangement is sublime. ... read more...
Personnel: Carmen Lundy (vocals, harp); Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar); Nolan Shaheed (trumpet, flugelhorn); George Bohanon (trombone); Anthony Wonsey (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kenny Davis (electric bass); Jamison Ross (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Don Murray .