Monday, December 21, 2009
Today is the Winter Solstice, the year's shortest day. A magic day that's the foundation of all winter holidays.
"I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after."
"When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles."
--From Wallace Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
Enjoy your many magic circles.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Focus on "The Poetry of Groove"'s Spiritual Content in Amazon Review by blogger/journalist Michael E. Ross
I was grateful to be reviewed by blogger/journalist Michael E. Ross on Amazon, and especially pleased by the fact that he focused on the CD's spiritual content:
“On ‘The Poetry of Groove,’… Lisa's signature alto, by turns smoky and lapidary, awakens us to her spiritual travels with infectious rhythms and witticisms that are seductively inviting…
She brings a refreshingly maverick cadence to the spoken-word experience...
In ‘The Poetry of Groove’ and ‘Get the Signal,’ Lisa explores the record's central themes: a call to spiritualism and more reliance on our deeper, more humanistic inclinations. But this ain't no lecture: Lisa brings the musical passion behind her spiritual manifesto… with her love of jazz, Latin rhythm and hip-hop's lyric sensibilities...
The remix of ‘Virtual Kiss’ [has]… nothing missing in terms of its nervous, thoroughly modern dissonance. Hearing it today, more than 10 years after the first version, Lisa's lyrics ring eerily prophetic; this clever take on the persistence of technology and how the ways of the heart struggle to rise in a digital, cubicled world has more pertinence now than it did a dozen years ago.
Lisa's inclusion of a remastered version of ‘Night and Day’ (from ‘What's New, Pussycat?’) may be the best distillation of where she's at as a singer and, more basically, as an evolving artist. This combination of a faithful vocal reading of the Cole Porter classic with her own feline-inspired poetic interpolation remains a reminder of what makes her so fiercely original.
…the jazzy-chill edit of the title track, which closes the album…[w]ith its lush string accents and a deft balance of vocal and instrumental prowess… shapes up as the perfect closing statement… on an album that capably and joyously brings the talents of a true musical iconoclast front and center again.”
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Really happy about the new reviews that have come in! Here are excerpts:
Chris Spector, Midwest Record:
Chris Spector, Midwest Record:
Three years ago, B established herself as our fave Catwoman since Julie Newmar and now we find her moving back to her writer self and bringing her poetry slam side to the fore. Much more Jill Scott than Rod McKuen, B continues to ride the progressive tip with a creative abandon that makes it seem easy to break convention and get away with it. As sexy as you can sound without being a ...70s diva."
I Hear Sparks column by Jordan Richardson, blogcritics.com, December 2, 2009:
Funky, fresh and sexy as all hell, Lisa B’s The Poetry of Groove is an impressive collection of remixes and new pieces… seamless blending of jazz, hip-hop, soul, spoken word and popular music. Her approach to her craft is invigorating… an artist excited to take risks and make moves that other artists might stray from....it’s a mischievous and blistering compilation of work that forms the perfect vibe to warm up a cold winter’s night.
"Lisa B’s command of lyricism is manifest with each piece… [She] paints pictures… to tell entire stories.
"The title track… 'Jazzy Chill Mix' starts the record off with polished beats and Lisa B’s spoken word vocals. She’s alluring, venturing through various tones and moods throughout the course of the song… while the 'House Mix' packs in a danceable beat.
" 'Be Electric (Electronica Remix)' is a sophisticated, sleek cut that makes great use out of Lisa’s hushed, breathy tones and funky witticisms. The remastered 'Trane’s Ride (Naima)' is my favourite song on the record. It uses Coltrane’s piece to underline Lisa’s deeply seductive lyrics… [On} 'Get the Signal' and 'Virtual Kiss'...she shows off her jazz pipes, gracefully dancing through various tones and moods with delight and style...
The Poetry of Groove is a sexy and exciting collection of tunes from one of the most daring and deft performers I’ve come across in a while."