Little Girl Blue CD (1996)

Artist: Katia Labeque

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Product Overview


Label Dreyfus
SKU 60122494
UPC 764911618623
UPC 14 00764911618623
Format CD
Release Date 5/21/1996
Author Katia Labeque
Associated Artist/Work Martin, Mayte
Technical Info
Producer Daniele Feuillerat; Katia Lab?que
CatalogID 36186
Lable Name Dreyfus Records (France)
Released 05/21/1996
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00764911618623
Musical Guests
Chick Corea
Michel Camilo
Herbie Hancock
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Joe Zawinul
Joey DeFrancesco
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Katia Labeque, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Marielle Labeque, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Zawinul, Joe DeFrancesco, Michel Camilo (piano).
Engineers: Claude Ernelin, Bernie Kirsch, Ed Rak.
Recorded at Davout Studio, Paris, France; Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, California; Clinton Studio, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Brian Priestly.
Personnel: Katia Lab?que (piano); Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Joey DeFrancesco, Michel Camilo, Marielle Lab?que (piano).
Audio Mixers: Claude Ermelin; Joe Zawinul.
Liner Note Author: Brian Priestley.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, Inc., New York, NY; Davout, Paris, France; Mad Hatter Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Directors: Christian P?gand; Katia Lab?que .
Editor: Jean-Pierre Loisil.
Photographers: Arthur Elgort; Brigitte Lacombe; Alma Arboleda.
Arrangers: Chick Corea; Gonzalo Rubalcaba; Herbie Hancock; Brian Priestley; Joey DeFrancesco; Michel Camilo; Oscar Peterson.
While Katia Labeque usually can be found shaking up classical houses with her sister Marielle in piano duets, here she finds new partners from the jazz world, tackling a series of transcriptions and partial transcriptions combined with improvisations from her guests. She doesn't fool around, either; she chooses to combine forces with bona fide stars like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Joe Zawinul, and younger technical dynamos like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo, and Joey DeFrancesco -- all of whom are classically trained to some extent. One could argue whether or not this music feels like jazz; very little of it has a pulse, even less swings, and -- being transcriptions -- spontaneity is a sometime thing. But a more pertinent point is whether or not this succeeds on its own terms as music. The lengthy duet with Hancock on "Round Midnight" -- a stitched-together mosaic from several sources -- comes alive when Hancock injects some jazz feeling into his improvisational passages. There are three tracks with Rubalcaba, one with Camilo, and a duet with Marielle on a Camilo composition, but these only catch fire when the Latin pianists latch onto some chordal vamps from their homelands. The one iconoclast in this collection is the crusty Zawinul, who lays down his own exciting synthesized piano ostinatos in "Volcano for Hire" and actually gets some propulsive swing going; unlike the others, he also did his own mix in his New York home studio. While many of these experiments might make refreshing additions to the concert hall repertoire of classical pianists, to be honest, the best ones are those where the jazzers don't seem intimidated by the world-class technique of Labeque. ~ Richard S. Ginell
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (10/96, pp.119-120) - "For those of us who need a provocative reminder as to just how wonderful an artform is jazz, we have this new offering from Katia Labeque....heard here in duet with seven of her keyboard colleagues, in prepared settings that give her classical training full rein....The results throughout are intriguing."
Disc 1
1 We Will Meet Again - (with Chick Corea)
2 My Funny Valentine - (with Herbie Hancock)
3 On Fire - (with Marielle Labeque)
4 Besame Mucho - (with Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
5 Prolong Comienzo - (with Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
6 Little Girl Blue
7 Quiza, Quizas, Quizas - (with Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
8 Volcano For Hire - (with Joe Zawinul)
9 Turn Out The Stars - (with Chick Corea)
10 Summertime - (with Joey Defrancesco)
11 La Comparsa - (with Michel Camilo)
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