Speak Love CD (2009)

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Label Origin Records
SKU 211242539
UPC 805558254123
UPC 14 00805558254123
Format CD
Release Date 8/18/2009
Author Courtney Fortune
Associated Artist/Work Love, Courtney
Technical Info
Engineer Malcolm Luker; Chip Westerfield; Steve Genewick
Producer Chris Walden Big Band
CatalogID 82541
Lable Name Origin Records
Released 08/18/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00805558254123
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Courtney Fortune (vocals); Dean Parks, Andrew Synowiec (guitar); Alan Grunfeld, Tamara Hatwan, Julie Rogers, Sid Page, Jacqueline Brand , Roberto Cani, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Sarah Thornblade, Nicole Garcia, Caroline Campbell, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Shawn Mann, Jimbo Ross, Brian Dembow, Keith Greene (viola); Dennis Karmazyn, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody (cello); Jeff Driskill (clarinet); Chris Walden (trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer, drum programming); Till Br?nner (trumpet); Bob McChesney (trombone); Christian Jacob (piano); Blake Angelos (keyboards); Gregg Field, Jamey Tate (drums); M.B. Gordy (percussion); Michael A. Harris (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Steve Genewick.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (05/27/2008-05/16/2009); Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA (05/27/2008-05/16/2009).
Photographer: Ben Kerns.
Arranger: Chris Walden .
It's a little surprising for Seattle's Origin label, heavy on instrumentalists and local scene players, to take on a torch singer in its portfolio. However, L.A. area songstress Courtney Fortune shows stronger development than many of the average lounge singers, combining with contemporary big-band maestro Chris Walden for a number of compositions that highlight aspects outside of the standard jazz repertoire. Her self-penned "You're Starting to Feel Like Home" rolls out as a definite torch song, but with deeper tones hailing from the realm of contemporary pop and rock. Fortune's vocals are highlighted perfectly in this nontraditional format. Contrarily, the title track uses some intriguing guitar ideas, but then calls in more sweeping string arrangements to accompany Fortune, leading to a more traditional form. Her voice holds up well in this scenario, but some of the iconoclastic magic is missing. It's in the original compositions and less standard (for the lounge scene) formats that Fortune really shines, when she shows off her originality in form rather than just fitting into the torch singer mold, when her deeper vocals come naturally rather than with the forced qualities that characterize some torch singers. As a result, the album can be a little hit or miss, but when she's on, she's most definitely on. ~ Adam Greenberg
Disc 1
1 Care of Cell 44
2 I Wish You Love
3 Lost in the Memory
4 You're Starting to Feel Like Home
5 Close the Door
6 Speak Love
7 I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart
8 Like Always
9 Dindi
10 Bitter Words
11 I'll Keep Waiting
12 Hello Love
Product Attributes
Artist Fortune,Courtney
Label Origin Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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