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Patti Austin Talks About Sound Advice

By on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 in Blog

“For the last five years, I’ve been in the ‘classical’ jazz world,” she explains, referencing For Ella, her acclaimed 2002 tribute to the legendary Fitzgerald and her 2007 CD, Avant Gershwin, which garnered Patti a long-deserved first Grammy win for Best Jazz Vocal Album. “The GRAMMY®-Award did raise my profile and gave me a notch in my gun. I was on the road doing gigs with symphony orchestras and the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands, and essentially began performing in an area that my biggest audience is not familiar with. I decided to do this record because of the pull and tug from the fans who know me from the ‘80s…it’s my ‘going back to my roots’ album!”

“I wanted to accomplish a lot with Sound Advice – including original material, covers and focusing on vocal performances for certain tunes. I’m very happy with the record: I went through a lot of ups and downs about how it was going to flow, about the material, if it would be cohesive and if it was going to have any point of view musically, lyrically, thematically. Now I’m having a lot of fun performing the material live: I am really enjoying this record…”

Sound Advice, Patti Austin’s 18th album releasing May 17 via Shanachie Entertainment, highlights Patti’s innate ability as a superb lyrical interpreter to touch, move, inspire and connect with music lovers around the world. Whether it’s breathing new life into such classics as Frank Sinatra’s evergreen “My Way” (delivered in an intimate, almost understated and tender manner with piano accompaniment from the renowned Shelly Berg) and Bill Withers’ classic “Lean On Me” (with its rousing climatic build) or shining a new musical light on Brenda Russell’s “A Little Bit Of Love” and The Jacksons’ “Give It Up” (from the 1980 LP, Triumph which she notes is “my homage to my brother Michael Jackson), Patti Austin is at her brilliant vocal best. Read more >>

1 comments
Mauri Guarnaccia
Mauri Guarnaccia

Hello Dear Patti Austin Auckland, New Zealand here, I must say a big thank you, this new cd is amazing, its been too long between records! You truly are a beautiful person. I have all your cd's and even lots of vinyl, as im a collector of the thin black stuff Thank You Regards Mauri