Thursday, July 23, 2009

A vocalista Janis Siegel nascida no 23 de julho de 1952 no Brooklyn, em New York, ao longo das últimas três décadas, com sua belissima voz - já faturou nove Grammy e foi dezesete vezes indicada para o mesmo premio - tem sido de imcomparavel importancia para o vigor empreendido pelo grupo vocal The Manhattan Transfer.

Além do envolvimento de trinta anos com este grupo fenomenal, Siegel desenvolveu, a partir de 1982, carreira solo que produziu discos de relevante qualidade musical (ver discografia no final), iniciou inumeros projetos de parceria, solidificou reputação de ambito internacional, sempre apoiada pelos comentários positivos da critica especializada.

Click para desfrutar de sua bela voz.

Born in the Brooklyn, NYC, on July 23,1952, vocalist Janis Siegel had been a member of "The Manhattan Transfer" since 1972, she has also built a successful solo career since 1982. Siegel's first album as a leader, "Experiment in White" established her solo credentials, while the follow-up, "At Home", earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal. Siegel began the first of several collaborations with pianist/composer Fred Hersch on 1989's "Short Stories".

The duo relied less on standards and concentrated instead on modern pop songs by singer songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Marvin Gaye and James Taylor.

By 1994's "Slow Hot Winds" and the "Tender Trap" from 1999, Siegel had developed an eclectic showcase that blended several decades of popular songs. In 2000 Siegel signed with the Telarc label and released "I Wish You Love" in 2002 and "Friday Night Special" in 2003. Both discs feature contributions from top jazz musicians including Joey De Francesco, Houston Person, David Fathead Newman, Tom Harrell and Cedar Walton.

She followed up these successes with an 2004 album "Sketches of Broadway" that featured her interpretations of lesser-known show tunes. All the while she remained a vital member of the Manhattan Transfer.

Concerning the famous vocal group, she once made an interesting remark: "The question about The Manhattan Transfer was always: 'Are you a jazz group or a pop group?'" she says. "When we were concentrating on jazz and we had Vocalese out in 1985 and it was very popular, we were embraced by the jazz purists and jazz radio, but pop radio wouldn't play us. But then when we do pop records, oh my God, the jazz people just go to pieces."-

By Ron Wynn & Al Campbell

All Music Group

Solo Records:

Sketches of Broadway - 2004
Friday Night Special
Telarc Records
I Wish You Love
Telarc Records
The Tender Trap
Monarch Records
"The Nearness Of You" (from Fred Hersch and Friends - The Duo Album)
Classical Action
Slow Hot Wind
"More Than You Know" (from Last Night When We Were Young album)
Classical Action
Short Stories
Atlantic Records
At Home
Atlantic Records
Experiment in White
Atlantic Records

Tradução - Humberto Amorim

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