Monday, June 11, 2018

Jazz vocalist Deanne Matley’s 5th album "Because I Loved" ..emotional tour-de-force

Canadian jazz vocalist Deanne Matley’s fifth album, Because I Loved, is a tour-de-force, taking the listener on an emotional journey from despair to quiet contentment, with stops at red-hot passion and the excitement of new love along the way.

Deanne recruited some of Montréal’s premier jazz talent for the project, including drummer Jim Doxas (who also produced the album), pianist Paul Shrofel, bassist Adrian Vedady, and guest vocalist Ranee Lee. 

Because I Loved features four new tunes of Deanne’s to round out a song list that includes saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar,” the haunting “Forget Me” (written for the great Shirley Horn), and remarkable covers of songs by Journey (“Open Arms”) and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (“The Wine We Drink”). Throughout, Deanne shines as a first-rate vocal stylist, deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but unafraid of pushing the envelope. Her seen-it-all authority permeates every cut. “This is an album about love, melancholy, and starting again … about relationships,” says Deanne. “It’s the album I’ve always dreamed of making.” 

A singer since she was a child, Deanne studied at the Berklee College of Music, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Stanford Jazz Institute both before and after launching her career as a jazz vocalist.  She is the singer for Calgary's Prime Time Big Band, and performs with ensembles in both Calgary and Montreal, her second home. 

Deann has performed at jazz festivals in Canada and France, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of Canada's contribution to the Giant Steppes of Jazz festival, and has shard the stage with Canadian greats including the late Tommy Banks, and trombonist Al Kay.  

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