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Ranee Lee

Brooklyn-born, Montreal-based vocalist and songwriter Ranee Lee — one of Canada’s most treasured jazz vocalists, an award-winning actress, author and jazz educator — releases her 13th recording on Justin Time Records, entitled What’s Going On. Following A Celebration in Time, with piano giant Oliver Jones and the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, and a Juno award for Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs, Ms. Lee returns with a set of re-imagined jazz, soul and reggae classics, as well as several original compositions. She is accompanied by Richard Ring on guitar, Taurey Butler / Chad Linsley on piano, Morgan Moore / Dave Watts on acoustic bass, Dave Laing on drums and Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone.

Four of the tunes on What’s Going On feature the Birds On A Wire String Quartet, with masterful arrangements by Andy Ballantyne. “Working with strings has always been an otherworldly experience for me,” says Lee. The addition of the strings imbues the music with “a brilliant and ethereal presence, an elegant sensuousness that lifts me even further and transports me,” she reflects, noting how the strings inspire her to phrase differently, enveloping herself in their currents.

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