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MP3 Sally Cooper - Perfect Universe (Digital Version)

Jazz and Blues with an anitipodean edge

7 MP3 Songs in this album (30:13) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, FOLK: Folk-Jazz

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Since Australian singer songwriter Sally Cooper formed her own band, Duo and Trio: "The Sally Cooper Band Duo and Trio" in 1996, they have been doing a continuous run of live performances across Australasia. Initially she performed regularly in all the good music venues in Sydney, and their noteriety began to extend across New South Wales, and Queensland, and as far as The Australian outback. 2000 saw her becoming an international act, she has been performing with her duo and Trio 6 nights a week all year round in Singapore, Bangkok, Bahrain, Dubai, India, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Tahiti since then.

While she was performing in India in 2005, she started to feel a need to return to her Australian roots, and also to where her original love of music came from, which is both perfectly and imperfectly expressed in "Perfect Universe". (Its up to your perception as to wether you can grasp the concept of the perfection of imperfection, which is the albums'' theme.) She and her partner, Guitarist Phillip Stone penned most of the original material on this album during their 10 months of performing in India. The end result is true to their original vision to record an an acoustic, distinctly Australian Jazz, Blues and Roots album. It is perfectly imperfect, recorded live, it is jazzy in a rootsy way, and its'' real.

Sally made the decision to return to her hometown of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. to record this album. Which in some ways was a very challenging move to make. Very few music artists have acheived much success in their hometown. There were plenty of other international work opportunities available for her at the time and there was also a lot of interest to record the album with world class producers and highly talented musicians of considerable noteriety in Sydney and overseas. But she felt that the choice to record "Perfect Universe" in her hometown with local musicians was in keeping with the albums'' concept of "getting back to her roots" and being as real and down to earth in a musical sense as possible.

An additional main reason for her making the choice to record this album in Queensland was that it was Sallys'' intention and wish to contribute to the local music community in her home state by offering work and exposure for quality local musicians on her jazz/roots cd project, rather than outsourcing the work for the musicians interstate or internationally.

The project was entirely funded by Sally, and was recorded in Queensland Australia 2006 at Electric Bedland Studios by "The Sally Cooper Band." Self produced. The band features Sally Cooper on vocals, Phillip Stone on Guitar, Legendary drummer Kerry Jacobsen from the rock group "Dragon" on drums, Gus Fenwick on bass, and Ross Nixon on keyboards. Additional vocals by Barry Charles are featured on "Dreaming out Loud"

Driven by a rock solid Jazz Blues groove sensibility in the rhythm section, the album glistens with strokes of brilliance in terms of guitar playing by Phillip Stone, all of which provides a suitable, yet unpretentious musical climate for Sally Cooper to unleash her huge range of vocal expression. She does so ever so sweetly and smoothly at times, and at other times it is simply in your face, and you are reminded that she really does mean it, every word of it.

Where would Sally Cooper most likely be right now as you are reading this? Up on stage somewhere in Asia or Australia singing her heart out, or preparing to. Owning a copy of "Perfect Universe" is like owning a piece of the magic that so many thousands of people have enjoyed in Sally Coopers'' international live performances.

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