China Lane

Alice Zawadzki

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Format: CD

Cat No: WR4647

Release Date:  16 June 2014

Label:  Whirlwind Recordings

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  0609613793899

Genres:  Jazz  Vocal Jazz  

  • Description

    'China Lane' is the debut album from singer-songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki. Written and arranged over five years, it encompasses a rich collection of influences - from ancient Sephardic songs about loss, exodus and prejudice and Bartok-inspired folk stories dealing with young love to Zawadzki's modern fairy tales full of mischief, whimsy, obsession and magic.

    The supporting cast on China Lane features a stellar combination of band mates and long-term collaborators from the jazz world - Alex Roth (guitar), Kit Downes (Hammond), Andreas Lang (bass), and Jon Scott (drums) - who each bring playfulness and cohesion to the repertoire.

    Alice's compositions range from the trip-hop inspired "Cat" and "Ring of Fire", with its driving interplay between Downes, Scott and Lang that brings the detailed folk melodies into a soulful jam, to "You As A Man" with compositional influences from Steve Coleman's M-Base that intensify the song's poignant lyrics. The album is carefully and skilfully augmented with layers of cello, violin and additional voices; the soaring wordless vocals of Emilia MÃ¥rtensson and Fini Bearman together with Alex Roth's tender solo guitar serve to create the cinematic atmosphere in "Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light".

    A unique performer and gifted storyteller, Alice Zawadzki's star is set to rise with the release of 'China Lane'. It is a brave and assured debut that takes the listener on a journey of love, compassion, conflict and joy.

    Personnel: Alice Zawadzki (vocals, violin, piano), Alex Roth (guitar), Kit Downes (Hammond), Andreas Lang (bass), Jon Scott (drums), Shirley Smart (cello), Emilia Martensson, Fini Bearman (vocals), and others

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Ring of Fire
      • 2. Cat
      • 3. Indome Para Marsilia
      • 4. Dicho Me Habian Dicho
      • 5. Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light
      • 6. You As A Man
      • 7. China Lane