Life Less Ordinary (2006)
|Artist: Mindi Abair|
|Life Less Ordinary launches its seduction of the listener's senses with the cool, clubby/soulful chill of "Do You Miss Me," a track that, for Mindi Abair, captures the mood of the whole project. "The reason it's first is that if you like it, you'll like the rest of the album," she says. "It's got a little of everything, it always makes me want to dance, and the title is a perfect sentiment about me being on the road all the time." With its swirling mix of nouveau-old school percussion, trippy atmospheres and energetic horns, the next song chronicles her "Long Ride Home" perfectly. "It's a great driving song, a Euro-inspired tune we had a lot of fun with," she says.|
Perhaps more than any other track, the sweetly-rendered Brazilian-tinged vocal track "Ordinary Love" sums up Abair's attitude towards love. Where most love songs address the intense passion at the beginning or the heartbreak at the end, Mindi pens a playful and endearing song which celebrates the sustaining beauty and freedom of every day, or ordinary, love. In what is now a Mindi Abair signature, she ends the CD with a lonely heartfelt ballad "Far Away". "It started out with me singing the melody and playing it on piano to demo the song. I always envisioned it with soprano saxophone as the main instrument, but when we recorded the saxophone track, we forgot to mute the "guide" vocal that I had put down. The two were so haunting together. We kept it!"
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Mindi Abair (vocals, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboards); Michael Landau (guitar); Matthew Hager (guitars, keyboards, bass instrument, percussion, drum programming); Keb' Mo' (dobro); Ricky Petersen (piano, organ); Stevo Theard (keyboards, drum programming); Larry Klein, Stan Sargeant (bass instrument); John "J.R." Robinson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Lalah Hathaway (background vocals).|
|Smooth jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair made a name for herself with groove-oriented compositions and solid horn work, a combination that is both passionate and easy on the ears. LIFE LESS ORDINARY is the artist's fourth solo release, and contains plenty of the artist's trademark funky instrumentals ("The Joint"), atmospheric ballads ("Rain"), and some vocal cuts (the trip-hop-inspired opener "Do You Miss Me?" and a faithful cover of Rickie Lee Jones's "It Must Be Love"). In all, Abair has turned in a diverse, creative set that won't disappoint fans of her early albums.|
Producer: Matthew Hager
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|Release Date : 04/18/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 0006222|
|Label : Verve|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602498509579|
Why is life less ordinary for saxophonist/vocalist/composer Mindi Abair? Ask her fans from around the world - there?s not much ordinary about her. On Life Less Ordinary, her playful and sophisticated third release from GRP Records, Mindi Abair catapults her supercharged mix of pop, soul and jazz, - with its stellar melodies, insinuating rhythms, sultry sax, and seductive vocals - into the realm of the extraordinary.
Her 2003 debut CD, It Just Happens That Way, debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the Top 10 for 19 consecutive weeks. The hit single ?Lucy?s,? was #1 on the airplay charts for a record-breaking eight weeks and Abair was hailed for leading a new movement in contemporary music. Abair has not only set sonic trends, but has broken all the boundaries as she continues to define the less traditional future of jazz.
For Abair, named the Best New Artist at 2003?s National Smooth Jazz Awards, it?s been a wild few years, and her 2004 follow-up disc Come As You Are - which dug into deeper emotional and stylistic territory while spawning two more hit singles - kept the momentum jetting skyward. Her songs have been featured on everything from Aaron Spelling?s hit ?Summerland? to a Women in Jazz feature at the Grammys to Panasonic?s Jumbotron in Times Square. But as gratifying as these landmark career achievements are, that?s not what inspired her to view 2005 as a year in which she lived a ?life less ordinary?.