MP3 FELICIA CARTER - Feather / Step Lightly
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JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, BLUES: Jazzy Blues
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With her remarkable twin disc recording, "Feather/Step Lightly", Felicia Carter gives an affectionate nod to the double vinyl LP. The double CD format allows Carter to defy songwriting genres on "Feather", while showcasing her finesse with traditional jazz and blues on "Step Lightly". The album features a dynamic, all-star rhythm section of Carterâs jazz fellows; pianist Bob Butta, bassist Amy Shook, drummer Frank Russo, and guitarist Donato Soviero. Providing additional instrumentation are special guest players on harp, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, as well as Carterâs own layered vocal harmonies for selected tracks. Engineered by Rob Byers, the majority of the recording was completed without instrumental isolation for a cohesive, live feel. The "Feather/Step Lightly" sessions took place in early 2007 at NPR Studios in Washington DC.
The first CD, âFeatherâ, unfurls Carterâs unique songwriting voice. The album is a multi-faceted journey with a lyrical arc, from the rollicking first track âHurricaneâ (Carterâs self-professed theme song), to the worn-down cowgirl sensibility of the last, âMad Boysâ (an ode to the Morning 40 Federation). Combining influences of jazz, blues, rock-n-roll, folk, and classical music, Carter manifests an uncommon musical vision with this album. âStep Lightlyâ, the second offering in the duo is a long awaited follow-up to her first âstraight-aheadâ jazz and blues recording, âIn the Pinkâ¦ â(2001). Among Carterâs original blues compositions on âStep Lightlyâ are brassy fan favorites âComplicated Womanâ and âHooray For Youâ, while seven of the eleven tracks are well-loved standards from the Great American Songbook. For the title track, Carter offers lyrical counterpoint to Joe Hendersonâs big band composition, while the quartet swings a small-group arrangement.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Felicia Carter has earned accolades from audiences, musicians, and critics for her âimmaculate pipesâ and dramatic song delivery. In the 90âs she was a key figure in Baltimoreâs theatre and rock-n-roll scene. Contributing her voice to cabaret acts such as Snackie Hillmanâs "The Gong Show" and "Sapatac", as well as bands including The Almighty Senators and They Came From Nowhere, Carterâs first songwriting began with Mark Harp and Guttersnipe. She then led her own punk-pop quartet Pottymouth for which she produced two albums of original music; "Lunch" and "Giddypopjunk".
Carterâs debut jazz recording, "In the Pink...& Songs in Blue" was released in 2001. In 2003, she was composer and lyricist for "Dipteracon", an original musical adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre's "The Flies" which premiered at LaMaMa ETC in Manhattan. The Unified Jazz Ensemble featured Carter on the 2005 live recording, "Live at 49 West". In 2007, she was invited to perform with the Tony Martucci Quartet at the Jazz y Vino Festival in Chile. Recently, she collaborated with bassist/composer Amy Shook, writing music and lyrics for a television documentary on the B&O Railroad, scheduled to air on WETA (DC) in early 2008.
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