Voor ze begon aan de opnames van haar nieuwe CD luisterde de New Yorkse Dayna Kurtz bijna constant naar Night Beat van Sam Cooke. Dat was het voorbeeld voor Secret Canon Vol. 1. Dat is te horen, maar wat deze CD vooral zo uniek maakt is haar zoektocht langs de Amerikaanse muziek. Ze heeft, naast het eigen Not The Only Fool In Town, negen volstrekt obscure maar meesterlijke liedjes gevonden. Van Floyd Dixon’s broeierig Do I Love You tot het provocerende Don’t Fuck Around With Love van de doo wop groep The Blenders, het is allemaal even verrassend. Jazzy, bluesy, triest, vrolijk, groots gezongen, ingetogen gespeeld, Secret Canon Vol. 1 is ronduit geweldig.
Dayna staat 15 juli in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Haar ENIGE concert in de BeNeLux !
Dayna Kurtz – Secret Canon Vol. 1
Format: CD / Label: Kismet – Rough Trade / Release: 29 juni 2012
1. Do I Love You
2. Don’t Fuck Around With Love
3. Not The Only Fool In Town
4. I’ll Close My Eyes
5. Sweet Lotus Blossom
6. Your Fool Again
7. If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow
8. Come In Out Of The Rain
9. Call Me Darling
10. Take Me In Your Arms
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Over the past decade, the Brooklyn-based vocalist/writer/musician/producer has built a formidable body of recordings, won an international reputation as a riveting live performer, amassed an extensive file of rapturous critical raves, and earned a fanatically devoted audience of fans around
the world. She’s achieved these distinctions on her own terms, releasing five albums and a live DVD on her own Kismet label, touring around the world on her own dime, and building a remarkably loyal fan base one person at a time.
Dayna Kurtz’s propensity for musical rule-breaking was forged early in life, and she was still in her teens when she began performing her compositions in public.
Armed with an uncanny ability to stun audiences into submission, this musical free spirit has consistently refused to be pinned down by a single style or genre, building an inspired body of work that draws strength from a bottomless wellspring of American jazz, pop, blues, folk and country. The cinematic poetry of her songwriting is matched by the power of her voice, a rich, distinctly resonant instrument that’s capable of immense emotional depth.
Along the way, Kurtz was named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she’s performed on such high-profile radio shows as ‘World Café,’ ‘Mountain Stage’ and NPR’s ‘Morning Edition.’ She’s toured with and/or opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Antony and the Johnsons, Richard Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Joe Henry, Olu Dara, Chris Whitley, Richard Buckner, Kelly Joe Phelps, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Blind Boys of Alabama. And best-selling author Steve Almond spends an entire chapter singing her praises in his book about music obsession, ‘Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.’
Dayna has spent much of 2011 touring through North America, South America, Europe and Australia. She and longtime collaborator Randy Crafton produced a Top Five record for the Dutch band Room Eleven. She also produced a 10-inch vinyl tribute to the great folk singer Hazel Dickens in collaboration fellow Brooklynite Mamie Minch, as well as a pair of 7″ vinyl singles for notable pals Keren Ann and My Brightest Diamond. She also took some Masterslevel poetry classes at the New School in New York, and took her first-ever guitar lessons in order to beef up her rockabilly chops.
“I’d rather risk being called a dilettante than be stuck just using just two crayons out of the big box,” Kurtz states, adding, “The lyrics sing themselves to me and tell me what they want. Some of them want a brass band. Some of them want a rockabilly combo. Some of them want a Cajun waltz. Some of them want a searing lap steel guitar. And some of them, like most of ‘Secret Canon, Vol. 1,’ want long late-night sessions with great jazz and blues players, played live to tape. I’m always just trying to do the best I can to serve the song.”
‘Secret Canon, Vol. 1,’ recorded live to tape in New Jersey and New Orleans, spotlights Kurtz’s sublime interpretive abilities, with the artist putting her stamp on such obscure gems as “Do I Love You,” a startlingly intimate ballad by seminal Texas/L.A. blues-jazz figure Floyd Dixon; “Sweet Lotus Blossom,” a 1930s-vintage ode to addiction; “If Yesterday Could Only Be Tomorrow” and “Come In Out of the Rain,” both originally recorded by a pre-pop stardom Nat “King” Cole with his jazz-blues combo the King Cole Trio; and the memorably titled “Don’t Fuck Around with Love,” originally a tongue-in-cheek doo wop novelty in 1962 by Boston vocal group the Blenders.
“I love finding Great Lost Songs and Great Lost Singers, and I’m drawn to artists and songs that fall through the cracks,” Kurtz notes. “My favorite period for that is the mid-late ’50s and early ’60s, because the lines between genres hadn’t really been drawn yet. There were so many wonderful storefront record labels during that period, and so many regional artists and writers released so many brilliant songs that were only heard by a handful of people. And they’re still out there, for those who are willing to dig.”
Most of ‘Secret Canon, Vol. 1’ was recorded with Kurtz’s longstanding live band, i.e. coproducer Crafton on drums, Dave Richards on upright bass and Peter Vitalone on piano and organ. Kurtz recorded the album’s lone original, the Brill Building-inspired “Not the Only Fool In Town,” in New Orleans with George Porter Jr., legendary bassist of the seminal funk combo The Meters, and Crescent City piano master David Torkanowsky.
“When I was putting together ‘Secret Canon,’ I was listening to Sam Cooke’s ‘Nightbeat’ an awful lot, and in many ways that was my model for this album,” she continues. “We started by recording nine songs in one marathon session, from about four in the afternoon until three in the morning. We’d talk through the changes, the endings, the feel. Then we’d roll tape, do one or two takes of each song, and then move on to the next one. When I listened to them the next day, they were all keepers. We did two more sessions like that, then one in New Orleans and then another one back in New Jersey. But six of the songs on the record were from that first marathon session.”
Perhaps the strongest evidence of the enduring rapport between Kurtz and her audience is the fact that ‘Secret Canon, Vol. 1’ was financed almost entirely through the donations of fans who contributed via the artist’s website (www.daynakurtz.com) in order to facilitate the creation and dissemination of her new music.
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