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Here I Am by Amanda Brecker
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Artist/Band:Amanda Brecker
Name:Here I Am
Cat No.:XQDJ-1007
Performed by:Amanda Brecker (vocal)
Ross Traut (guitar)
Mike Ricchiuti (keyboard,piano)
Zev Katz (electric bass)
Ray Marchica (drums)
Randy Brecker (flugelhorn,trumpet)
Eliane Elias (piano)
Andy Snitzer (sax)
Description:Winner of Swing Journal 2008 Jazz Disc New Star Award!
Swing Journal Gold Disc!

This is a highly anticipated debut album by Amanda Brecker, singer songwriter and daughter of trumpeter Randy Brecker and pianist/singer Eliane Elias! With the help of arranger David Matthews and very capable musicians, Amanda impresses with her beautiful, pure voice and wows with her excellent songwriting skills.

Make no mistake, this is a pop album. But it is executed with jazz sensibilities and superb musicianship, making it thoroughly enjoyable by sophisticated adults. There are diverse cover songs that range from Norah Jones, John Meyer, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis and The News, Keri Noble and Shania Twain. Arranger Matthews gives each song a slight twist and provides appropriate sonic background.

But, in my opinion, the strongest tunes in this impressive debut album are Amanda's originals. She sings "Novo Lugar" in both Porguguese (her mother's native tongue) and English. Her ballads "Wasted Time" and "Thinking Of You" are worthy of being covered by other singers. The proud father and mother make guest appearances, as well as star saxophonist Andy Snitzer, to provide musical support.

This is, indeed, a very impressive debut album that seems to increase its value with repeated listening. I like it!

Produced by Shigeyuki Kawashima and David Matthews. All songs arranged by David Matthews. Recorded in New York on March 2-4 & 8, 2008.

Album Tracks:
1. Sunrise
2. Novo Lugar
3. Wasted TimeMP3 Sample
4. Your Body Is A Wonderland
5. I Can't Make You Love Me
6. Here I AmMP3 Sample
7. Is It Possible
8. If This Is It
9. Talk To MeMP3 Sample
10. Thinking Of You
11. Up!
12. Lovetalk
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