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We Could Be Lovers

Sarah McKenzie

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Beware of first impressions. Because no, Sarah McKenzie is not merely the umpteenth, bland smooth jazz pianist destined for oblivion within months. At a youthful 27, the Australian songstress is here to stay! The artist enters the folds of the prestigious label Impulse! with her newest record, We Could Be Lovers, and it is a masterpiece. At first, McKenzie asserted herself as an artistic voice of flamboyant classicism; she knew the staples of the repertoire, performing them well without descending into mere imitation. This young woman is extremely ambitious (‘I do not want to follow others, but, rather, to push the envelope’), and this, her third album, following 2011’s Do Not Tempt Me and 2012’s Close Your Eyes, makes good of her potential. The record mixes real class with original compositions, standards, and hidden treasures from the history of jazz.  Her cap is tipped to Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, and Shirley Horn; the talented McKenzie is well-schooled in history, having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Here, Sarah McKenzie is accompanied by trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Hugh Stuckey, bassist Alex Boneham, drummer Marco Valeri, and saxophonists Vosvany Terry and Troy Roberts. In her voice, the Great American Songbook sparkles. Be it a sensual ballad or a rampant bossanova, the Australian garnishes everything she touches. An elegance is present that elevates the disc on each individual moment. This sincere elegance - deep, and with human face - is evidence of something much more than just a good student. Sarah McKenzie is a real discovery.

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1
I Was Doing Alright
00:03:20

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Marco Valeri Quartet, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Piano, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

2
That’s It, I Quit!
00:03:34

Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Wolf, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

3
We Could Be Lovers
00:04:16

Yosvany Terry, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ingrid Jensen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Wolf, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Troy Roberts, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

4
Tight
00:03:04

Betty Carter, Author, ComposerLyricist - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Troy Roberts, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

5
At Long Last Love
00:05:19

Cole Porter, Composer, Author - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

6
I Won’t Dance
00:03:36

Jerome Kern, Composer - Dorothy Fields, Author - Oscar Hammerstein II , Author - Otto Harbach, Author - Jimmy McHugh, Author - Yosvany Terry, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ingrid Jensen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Wolf, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Troy Roberts, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

7
Love You Madly
00:03:04

Duke Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Wolf, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

8
Quoi, Quoi, Quoi
00:03:29

Ingrid Jensen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

9
The Music Is The Magic
00:04:35

Abbey Lincoln, ComposerLyricist - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

10
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
00:05:03

Roger "Ram" Ramirez, ComposerLyricist - James Sherman, ComposerLyricist - James Edward Davis, ComposerLyricist - Marco Valeri, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Boneham, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Troy Roberts, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

11
Moon River
00:04:05

Johnny Mercer, Author - Henry Mancini, Composer - Sarah McKenzie, Arranger, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Stuckey, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Album Description

Beware of first impressions. Because no, Sarah McKenzie is not merely the umpteenth, bland smooth jazz pianist destined for oblivion within months. At a youthful 27, the Australian songstress is here to stay! The artist enters the folds of the prestigious label Impulse! with her newest record, We Could Be Lovers, and it is a masterpiece. At first, McKenzie asserted herself as an artistic voice of flamboyant classicism; she knew the staples of the repertoire, performing them well without descending into mere imitation. This young woman is extremely ambitious (‘I do not want to follow others, but, rather, to push the envelope’), and this, her third album, following 2011’s Do Not Tempt Me and 2012’s Close Your Eyes, makes good of her potential. The record mixes real class with original compositions, standards, and hidden treasures from the history of jazz.  Her cap is tipped to Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, and Shirley Horn; the talented McKenzie is well-schooled in history, having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Here, Sarah McKenzie is accompanied by trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Hugh Stuckey, bassist Alex Boneham, drummer Marco Valeri, and saxophonists Vosvany Terry and Troy Roberts. In her voice, the Great American Songbook sparkles. Be it a sensual ballad or a rampant bossanova, the Australian garnishes everything she touches. An elegance is present that elevates the disc on each individual moment. This sincere elegance - deep, and with human face - is evidence of something much more than just a good student. Sarah McKenzie is a real discovery.

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