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CD Release: ‘U-PHORIA – Verena McBee sings the music of Cecil McBee’
Verena McBee’s sextet is going to celebrate the release of their long time awaited album ‘U-PHORIA’ with all music by jazz bassist and GRAMMY AWRAD winner (seven titles as a leader and numerous additional recordings) Cecil McBee.
The bassist and composer sees his new work ‘U-PHORIA’ debuted in the voice of Verena McBee and her quintet with himself as conductor and director.
‘U-PHORIA’s nine tracks inhabit a wide landscape of modern tonal palettes, lyrical whimsy and anticipated delights.
Verena McBee’s lyrics to these compositions give twists and tunrs and a real lift to one’s emotions.
This joy echoed by all those creating is abundant throughout the recording:
Verena McBee – Vocals
Christian Contreras – Sopr. & Tn Sax
Gabriel Dowdy-Terracciano – Violin
Takaaki Otomo – Piano
Zwelakhe Dumas Bell LePere – Bass
Jon DiFiore – Drums
“Verena McBee is a powerful singer with a wide range. (…) The release of
‘U-PHORIA’, which should result in Cecil McBee getting more recognition for his composing, is a superior showcase for Verena McBee’s musical talents. It is recommended for listeners who enjoy adventurous jazz singers.”
(Scott Yanow, Jazz Jornalist – Jazz Historian – Author)