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Ornig’s “New Ground” is fertile ground for the listener. She is the bassist of this charming contemporary ensemble, and it’s also her debut CD.
She employs horns and vocals in alternating leadership roles to make the sounds flow easily and comfortably. Meanwhile, her bass keeps everything on course and peaceful. The vocals are aptly handled by baritone Nunga Babu , sounding like Sinatra at times, and Rebecca Martin, whose very slight rasp adds a magical quality to her delivery.
Iris states that her inspiration as a composer (she wrote half the tracks) comes from pictures, colors and scenes that impact her emotions. And, she lists Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Charlie Haden, Joni Mitchell, and Prince among her influences. So, it’s no wonder that her modern jazz arrangements include elements of soul, blues, swing and bossa nova.
1) The Very Same Sensation
2) Grateful Friendship
3) Here I Go Again
5) New Ground
7) Weisst du Wieviel Sternlein Stehen?
8) Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
9) It’s Time To Say Goodbye
10) Chicken Only On Sunday
11) What Is This Thing Called Love
12) Sweet And Lovable
About half the tracks are slow lounge/club material, with the other tunes varying from medium to a couple up tempo numbers. I enjoyed them all, but especially liked #s 5, 8, 7, & 12.
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