Allow me to categorize my songs to make
things easy for you.
1) Jazz category: #1, #5, #7 and the final song
'#14' (a hidden track) as well.
Note that the "World Famous" Don Thompson is playing
piano on #5 and
on the hidden track '#14' (a Jazz Standard-"Sweet Lorraine"--located
at 6:45 of track 13)
2) Blues category: #6, and #9.
(Maybe we can include #2 and #4 as well because of the
Blues harmonica played by Chuck Jackson of the Downchild Blues Band).
3)The rest are 'fence sitters'...varying degrees of Jazz,
Blues, Soul and Pop.
*All songs are with vocals, guitar (electric mostly) acoustic
bass and drum kit
**Only some of the soloists are mentioned to highlight
the tone of each song
1. My Man "Jazz waltz with a European flavour".....Denis
Keldie on bandoneon...
Lyrics sample: "Dancing in the heart of Paris under a
2. Babyface "Funky... sentimental and celebratory at
different times".....The "sentimental" is accentuated by
Jackson's blues harmonica
3. Rain Rain "Latin groove...reflective" Michael White on
Lyrics sample: "Magic times, will they come again?"
4. Don't Cry "Funky... upbeat," Blues harmonica by Chuck
5. In December "Jazz ballad in 3/4 time" with Don
Thompson on piano (No rhythm section)
6. Small and Breakable "Sultry Blues with small horn
section and B3 Organ" .....small and BIG....
Lyrics sample: "I wanna say come on over, come on into
7. Talk Too Much "Upbeat jazz in the style of Rickie Lee
Jones' Chuck E.'s in Love" with wailing tenor sax played by John
8. Scaley Fish "Eccentric, spacious, haunting,
Lyrics sample: "No more dragons sleeping under my bed"
9. Drive "Acoustic Blues...spacious" Slide guitar by Chris
Gauthier and B3 Organ (Denis Keldie).....
Lyrics sample: "Drive across the prairies, thru the valleys,
to the oceans, to the seas"
10. Daddy-O "Celtic flavoured, upbeat...alittle angry" ...Anne
Lindsay on celtic violin.....
Lyrics sample: "We're just different you and me. You're
bitter and I'm bitter-sweet"
11. Butterfly Eyes "Gentle, funky groove...sentimental"
Michael White on trumpet
Lyrics sample: "Open my box of secrets and I put you
12. Sally and Bobby "Fun, tongue-in-cheek...latin groove,
with a hint of Carlos Santana"
Lyrics sample: "Bobby isn't ready for babies. He's busy
buying electric guitars"
13. Broertje ("Brother") "Gentle, Classic, acoustic" Classical
violin by Anne Lindsay....flute by Larisa Renée
Lyrics sample: "I hear waves on the shore from far away.
Everyday, on these shores, you seem farther away...Broertje, I'm
calling you back home"
I have listened to Larisa's CD "Drive"...I am reminded of the singer
Jewel when I hear it. We played tracks #1 and #7 during our "Jazz in the
City" program that spotlights the local jazz scene. I am impressed with
[her] songwriting and arranging talent, as well as [her] voice...
Larisa Renée is a talented young Toronto performer ... It may
be a cliché now but this CD reminds me very much of Joni Mitchell's
early albums... Radio programmers looking for female vocals should take
note. Renée has a strong voice and it's well-recorded. I hope she
sees the chance to do more blues-oriented material as she writes and arranges
all of it herself. I played track #4 on "Blues de Jour" CKLN