The new album from Janis Siegel, known for her sultry harmonies and lead vocals with the Manhattan Transfer for the past 40-plus years, is a late night sip from a double martini under dim lights on a leather sofa. Siegel, along with pianist John di Martino, has created a one-hour set of soundscapes from writers both classic and fresh that provide the perfect compliment to an after-midnight rendezvous.
Siegel's an interpreter who understands the nuance of phrase around a lyric, and the breadth of her knowledge in this arena is vast, giving every musical choice she makes an assured venture into the realm of adult contemporary music.
"Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude" is the apt title for this release, Siegel's tenth as a solo artist, and the first with her taking the producer's reins. The set includes forays into the songs of artists as diverse as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Randy Newman, Janelle Monae, Ann Hampton Callaway and even Claude Debussy. Siegel also contributes an original selection with "Sweet September Rain," a heartfelt yearning with a simple trio backup, and provides an English version for a tune from Uruguayan composer Jorge Drexler titled, "Love Saves ('Salvapantallas')."
In addition to di Martino handling the piano duties, the soulstress is joined by friends Christian McBride on bass, Steve Khan on guitar, and frequent guests including Luisito Quintero on percussion, Joel Rosenblatt on drums and Dominick Farinacci on trumpet.
Siegel writes in the Liner Notes that she made this record because she "missed the studio." Fans of her solo work, as well as those who have enjoyed the recognizable voice behind such Transfer classics as "Ray's Rockhouse," "Operator," "Twilight Zone," and "The Boy From New York City," should be excited that her desire to create has led to this brand new collection.
"Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude"
CD and Digital formats
by Janis Siegel