Blue Light

Blue Light

by Jude JohnstoneJude Johnstone

CD

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Overview

An artist does not have to be jazz-oriented to benefit from jazz artistically. That has certainly been the case with Joni Mitchell; it has also been true of Rickie Lee Jones, Sade, Norah Jones, the Doors, Sting and many others who made their mark in rock, pop or R&B but enriched their work by having a jazz influence. And on Blue Light, jazz is an attractive ingredient for singer/songwriter Jude Johnstone even though it is not the CD's main ingredient. Evaluating this 2007 release by straight-ahead jazz standards would be unfair because that isn't where Johnstone is coming from; Blue Light is essentially a pop
ock-adult alternative album, but it is a pop
ock-adult alternative album that is definitely mindful of jazz and torch singing. Even though Johnstone (who wrote or co-wrote all of the songs) has more in common with Rickie Lee Jones stylistically than she does with Sheila Jordan or Abbey Lincoln, there is no overlooking the amount of jazzy torchiness that she brings to originals like "Paper Doll" (not to be confused with the song that the Mills Brothers recorded in 1942), "New York Morning" and "Losin' Hand." Blue Light is dominated by new material, but the exception to that rule is the melancholy bonus track "Over and Done" (which was recorded back in 1983). Hearing "Over and Done" alongside the other songs, one can hear that Johnstone's voice hasn't changed much in 24 years; the Johnstone of 2007 has a nasal vocal style much like the Johnstone of 1983. It's a voice that takes some getting used to, but it's also a voice that can easily grow on the listener, especially considering the consistently high quality of her writing on Blue Light.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Bojak Records
UPC: 0641444010523
catalogNumber: 4401
Rank: 123594

Tracks

  1. Blue Light
  2. That's Why I'm Leavin' You
  3. Best Friend
  4. New York Morning
  5. Never Been the Same
  6. Good Guy
  7. I'll Believe You
  8. Paper Doll
  9. Losin' Hand
  10. Quittin' Time
  11. Walk Away
  12. Over and Done

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jude Johnstone   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Vince Mendoza   Strings
Chuck Domanico   Standup Bass
Danny Frankel   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Mark Hatch   Muted Trumpet
Tim Hosman   Strings
Freddy Koella   Acoustic Guitar
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
David Piltch   Standup Bass
Paul Severtson   Violin,Viola
Brynn Albanese   Violin
Marc Macisso   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Matt Margucci   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Michael Nowak   Viola
Kathleen Lenksi   Trumpet
David Pitch   Upright Bass
Jeanne Shumway   Cello

Technical Credits

Ken Allardyce   Engineer
Charles Duncan   Engineer
Tim Hosman   String Arrangements
Jude Johnstone   Composer,Producer,Graphic Design
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Steve Crimmel   Engineer

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