With Little Secret, the young woman who had landed on the festival stage in Montreal in 2006, such a bomb from a height of twelve, performing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, emancipated by offering an album at the intersection of jazz original, of sixties soul and some pop, sip California sun. Underpinned images retro charm, the disc is produced in a modern way (benefiting from the advice of Quincy Jones, his mentor, manager and co-executive producer) to the point that it is sometimes difficult to determine what time date songs. The singer manages to blend perfectly pop-song structures and big brass band, festive rhythms and harmonies of great delicacy, catchy melodies and solos scats.
Nikki Yanofsky is a Montreal-based talent whose phenomenal voice and jazz style made her an international success at age 15. Yanofsky was born February 8, 1994; her talent was apparent from an early age, and her love for theater made her a natural performer. In 2006, the then 12-year-old Yanofsky became the youngest artist to ever headline her own show at the Montreal Jazz Festival, selling out numerous times and performing for crowds of over 100,000. She made her recording debut in 2007 on the Ella Fitzgerald tribute album We All Love Ella…
One inspiration for the title of bassist Nathan East's second album for Yamaha – third if the Grammy-nominated Bob James collaboration The New Cool is counted – was the passing of Maurice White. The Earth, Wind & Fire leader is twice paid explicit tribute on Reverence. First, there's a faithful version of "Love's Holiday," featuring Philip Bailey in support, with East's bass in White's lead role during the verses. A slick "Can't Hide Love" fake-out and some other references are in the mix, too. Additionally, "Serpentine Fire" gets an ornate update with Bailey and EW&F partners Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. Phil Collins' drums and Eric Clapton's guitar are dredged from the master recording of an abandoned project, lost for 25 years, that was found in Patti Austin's basement by East's engineer. Given East's continued predilection for uplifting wordless melodies, and the frequent use of bright horns, the uplifting spirit of EW&F flows through much of the album.
Zaz, the internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling chanteuse takes on the most iconic songs about Paris with a little help from legendary producer Quincy Jones. This new studio album includes duets with Charles Aznavour, Nikki Yanofsky and Thomas Dutronc. Over the last four years, she has been one of France's top-selling artists worldwide. Fans in over 50 countries have snapped up over 3 million copies of her first two albums. She has enjoyed international success marked by many achievements, including a Felix (ADISQ) in Canada, a Victoire de la Musique Award in France and a European Border Breaker Award. "Paris Sera Toujours Paris", the first single from her forthcoming third album, emphasizes the link between the Paris of yesteryear and the same city of today.