Jacintha Goes To Hollywood (2007)

Bergman, Evans, Rainger, Keller, Philips, Bacharach, Jones

Jacintha

"The nickel?" asks Robert De Niro as Monroe Stahr in "The Last Tycoon", written by F. Scott Fitzgerald... "The nickel is for the movies".
This album is for "The Kicks", Joan Didion and Tyrus. Here's to the movies. 
- Jacintha

Jacintha Goes To Hollywood sees the sensual and seductive-voiced chanteuse take on the challenge of performing theme songs and other well known movie related tunes. The program features an eclectic mix of musical material, from the almost over familiar "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and "California Dreaming" to "On Days Like These" from the original British version of The Italian Job. Her almost solemn and low key performance of "California Dreaming" will completely blow you away as will her thrillingly dynamic and bossa tinged take on "The Windmills Of Your Mind." Add in a few other classics like "Alfie," "Que Sera Sera" plus a fabulous light 60s-ish version of "A Man & A Woman" (with electric piano and bongos) and voila! - you have the makings of another Jacintha classic. Featuring Anthony Wilson on guitar, Iskandar Ismail on piano, Larry Goldings on Hammond B-3, and Ricky Woodward on sax, the album was recorded all analog at 15 ips on 2 inch 24-track masters and these multitrack masters were mixed down to 1/2 inch 30 ips stereo at Sunset Sound by Joe Harley (producer) and Mike Ross (engineer). The 1/2 inch stereo analog masters were transferred to DSD 64 Stereo by David Glaser at Airshow Mastering. This release represents some of Jacintha’s finest work for Groove Note and will be a sure hit with her fans and anyone who enjoys audiophile quality female vocals!

* NativeDSD makes this recording available for the first time as a DSD Download to a wider audience, outside the US and Canada.
* NativeDSD exclusively offers this recording as DSD 128 and DSD 256 Downloads (see Tech Specs for more info).

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Jacintha

Jacintha is a popular vocalist, actress and journalist known for her performances and writing in both the United States and Singapore. She was born in 1957 to musician parents, the Sri Lankan classical guitarist Alex Abisheganaden, a recipient of the Cultural Medallion, and a Chinese mother who sang and played the piano. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir, where she met her future collaborator Dick Lee.

Growing up, Jacintha listened to a wide variety of music – not only vocal jazz and traditional pop, but also artists who ranged from Stevie Wonder to Joni Mitchell to South African singer Miriam Makeba. Jacintha was a big fan of Brazilian bandleader Sergio Mendes during her upbringing. Jacintha was educated at Marymount Convent School, Raffles Institution and the National University of Singapore, where she graduated with an honors degree in English. She then went to America where she studied creative writing at Harvard University. Jacintha first came to prominence in 1976 when she won a local television talent contest, Talentime, singing jazz. She continued this winning streak in 1981, when she nabbed the Best Female Performer award for her role as Nurse Angamuthu in General Hospital at the Drama Festival.

In 1983, Jacintha released her debut album Silence. The new wave album, containing a cover of the Bee Gees' "Run to Me", was reviewed positively, with The Straits Times calling it "probably the most impressive debut album...from a local singer." In the mid-1990s, actor Lim Kay Tong introduced Jacintha to Ying Tan, who signed her to his Groove Note label. Her first jazz album was released in 1998: Here's To Ben – A Vocal Tribute To Ben Webster. Jacintha's second album for the Groove Note label, Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1999) has seen the title track being used for TV series Alias, while the bonus track "Here's to Life" was used as the title track for the Hollywood movie Play It to the Bone.

In 2004, Jacintha performed her own cabaret jazz show, The Angina Monologues at the Old Parliament House, Singapore. In 2006, she served as a judge on the second season of Singapore Idol. In 2012, she returned to the stage after 13 years, playing herself in Ong Keng Sen's National Broadway Company, a musical commissioned for the Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay's 10th anniversary.

photo: from booklet 'The Girl from Bossa Nova'

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. 

Born in Los Angeles, Wilson is the son of the late jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson. That lineage has deeply informed his creative trajectory, compositional choices, instrumental groupings and the wide-ranging discography that blooms out of them.  Wilson’s acclaimed collection of organ-trio albums for Groove Note — Our Gang  and Savivity, with Hammond organist Joe Bagg and drummer Mark Ferber, and later Jack of Hearts, featuring Larry Goldings on organ, and alternating drummers Jim Keltner and Jeff Hamilton, reimagine and reframe post-bop, soul-inflected jazz. 

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s passing in 2014.

While his footing is firmly in the jazz idiom, Wilson pivots with ease into other genres. Over the last decade, he’s been part of sessions and performances with a diverse roster of artists, including Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Aaron Neville, and Barbra Streisand. In 2009, he arranged and orchestrated Brazilian composer Ivan Lins’ “Love Dance” for Ms. Streisand’s grammy-nominated album, Love is the Answer.  

Since 2001, he has been a core component of Diana Krall’s quartet, after joining her for a series of concerts in Paris at the Olympia Theater which became the Grammy-winning recording and concert film Live in Paris (2002).

A gifted composer as well, Wilson, while still in his 20s, won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Composers’ Competition in 1995. Since then he has received commissions from IAJE, the Henry Mancini Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the luthier John Monteleone — for whom Wilson composed “Seasons,” a song cycle for a quartet of Monteleone’s handcrafted instruments called “The Four Seasons.”  The premiere performance of the piece, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, coincided with the Met’s exhibition “Guitar Heroes” in 2011. That same year Wilson released Campo Belo, a collection of original songs recorded in São Paulo, which partnered him with three of Brazil’s up-and-coming musicians, pianist André Mehmari, drummer Edu Riberio and bassist Guto Wirtti. 

photo: from booklet 'Jack of Hearts'

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Jacintha Goes To Hollywood (2007)

Bergman, Evans, Rainger, Keller, Philips, Bacharach, Jones

Jacintha

    Audiophile Audition

Jacintha delivers lyrics with such precision that it's easy to forget she's a well-known actress in Singapore. The tunes are all from hugely popular movies. No effort was made to include an obscure discovery or two. Jacintha's backing band is always top-flight and this one is no exception. Guitarist Anthony Wilson, who has a couple of killer albums on Groove Note, is a standout. Jacintha works very close to the mike for a sexy and intimate sound something like the jazz thrushes of the 1950s. She is the No. 1 jazz vocalist with many audiophiles due to her and Groove Note's high technical standards.

John Sunier

    Jazz Chicago

I haven’t been able to afford to go to the movies in ages, so I have no way of knowing whether what the current state of film soundtracks is, but back in my day, the movie theme song was a big part of the experience. Jacintha remembers those days and has come up with an album of jazz versions of songs from films that will find you thinking "Hooray for Hollywood." A teenaged TV talent show winner in her native Singapore, Jacintha later studied creative writing at Harvard before making a name for herself in the Far East as a singer and actress. She showed her lifelong love of jazz with the release of two well-regarded jazz albums, one a tribute to Ben Webster and the other to Johnny Mercer, for Groove Note Records. She has released three more jazz albums in the last few years, including "The Girl From Bossa Nova." Jacintha Goes to Hollywood features a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer Joe Barbera, bassist Darek Oles, trumpeter Ron Stout and the ubiquitous Larry Goldings on Hammond B3 organ, piano and accordion. With compelling arrangements by pianist Iskandar Ismail and guitarist Anthony Wilson, Jacintha sings several songs from movies in a smooth melodic and refreshingly straight-forward fashion. Eschewing the vocal pyrotechnics, weird utterings and off-the-wall arrangements that sometimes mar many modern singers attempts to make their mark on or improve songs, the entire cast simply sings and plays, sings and plays well and allows the songs to speak for themselves. The songs are more of the pop variety and not ones you would usually associate with jazz, but their melodicism is well-suited for the considerate treatment they are given. Lesser known tunes like, "On Days Like These" (from The Italian Job), "Easy Living" (from Chinatown) are blended with ones like the oft covered "Alfie" and "The Summer Knows" (from The Summer of 42). Others, like "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "Que Será Será" are unusual choices in that they often are considered to be cheesy and utterly square, but surprisingly the listener may discover a new regard for their charm due to the serious presentation Jacintha and her band give their strong melodies. Jacintha gives a nice and straight-forward version of "A Man and A Woman" that shows her talent for the Brazilian style, while her slowed down version of "California Dreaming" is a bit of a surprise. And The Thomas Crown Affair’s "Windmills of Your Mind" is a solid centerpiece to an album of enjoyable and relaxing melodies that may cause you to dig out your old soundtrack albums and VHS tapes to catch Steve McQueen or Doris Day in Technicolor once again.

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Jacintha Goes To Hollywood (2007)

Bergman, Evans, Rainger, Keller, Philips, Bacharach, Jones

Jacintha

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Executive Producers: Ying Tan and Sebastian Koh
Mastering Engineer: David Glaser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder CO
Microphones: Neumann U067, M-49, M-47, U-47FET, Telefunken 251, Royer 121, 122, Lomo 19a & 19
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Producer: Joe Harley and Ying Tan
Recording Engineer: Mike Ross
Recording location: Sunset Sound, on March 23rd and 24th, 2007

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On Days Like These
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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
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Windmills of Your Mind
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