"I Wish You Love" on Telarc, illustrates how great singers, like The Manhattan Transfers Janis Siegel, can renew great songs. Siegel not only pays homage to the legendary Brill Building a veritable hit factory and the heart of New Yorks pop songwriting industry from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s but also expands the concept by spotlighting jazz songs made famous by women. "I Wish You Love" is set for release on February 26.
The eleven performances featured here argue persuasively for the songwriting craft that went into these tunes, and for Siegels profound understanding of how they work. The nine-time Grammy winner (and seventeen-time Grammy nominee) actually wrote and recorded in the Brill Building very early in her career.
"I Wish You Love" was originally conceived as an album in which a jazz spin would be given to pop hits from the Brill Building era: Carole King and Gerry Goffins Go Away Little Boy, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weils Just a Little Lovin, and Pat Ballards Mr. Sandman. It was producer Joel Dorn who suggested music of the same period, but focusing on jazz vocals that had crossed over to the pop charts: Nancy Wilsons version of (Im Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over, Dakota Statons The Late Late Show, Etta Joness Dont Go to Strangers, Gloria Lynnes I Wish You Love, Dinah Washingtons Where Are You? and Miss Toni Fishers The Big Hurt.
Joining Siegel is a band hand-picked by Dorn, featuring the cream of New Yorks jazz scene, including trumpeter Tom Harrell, vibist Bill Ware and tenor saxophonist/flutist David Fathead Newman. The rhythm section adds a distinct nightclub vibe, propelled by pianist Cedar Walton, bassist David Williams and drummer Winard Harper.
If anyone has the right to mine this material, its Siegel. I Wish You Love is a personal triumph that brings her career full circle from singing at age twelve with The Young Generation, an all-girl trio that recorded for Red Bird Records headquartered in the Brill Building. After Siegel finished high school, the group shifted from pop to folk and changed its name to Laurel Canyon. She landed herself a new gig after a chance meeting with Tim Hauser then a taxi-driver with musical aspirations led to the formation of The Manhattan Transfer, the acclaimed four-part vocal group. The groups landmark self-titled debut album was released in 1975, launching a 25-year plus success story. In 1982, Dorn produced Experiment in White, Siegels first solo project. With five more albums over the past 20 years, Siegel has established herself as a leading light for jazz/pop vocalists.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Siegel resides in Manhattan with her 8-year-old son, Gabriel. In addition to her work with The Manhattan Transfer, she continues to enjoy considerable success through her solo career and diverse collaborative efforts. Following the release of I Wish You Love, Siegel will embark on an American tour with performances scheduled at major festivals and jazz clubs. More tour information can be found online at www.telarc.com.
Mon Feb 18 2002 (11:49:58 PM)