| With her tenth album as a leader, “In the Sundance”, vocalist Judy Niemack pays tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Inspired by the beauty of the summer sun she sings a samba version of “How About You”, Ivan Lins’ breezy bossa-nova, “Sails”, Chet Baker’s favorite, “Estate”, and an intimate version of “Beautiful Love” with bassist Rufus Reid. Judy brings fresh interpretations and jazz savvy to classic standards, French and Italian Pop songs and originals. Highlights include classics by George Gershwin, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, and Dubin and Warren’s rarely heard “Summer Night”. Laurent Voulzy’s “Le Soleil Donne” (In the Sundance) celebrates mankind’s equality under the sun, and the hope for a better tomorrow.
"We went into the studio on a sunny summer day, inspired by our love
of the songs and long-time musical relationships. I’ve sung for many
years and as often as possible with Bruno Castellucci; he brings great
grooves and so much positive energy to the music. When he plays a
samba, I have to dance! I met Bruce Barth at a festival in Spain and
decided I wanted to record with him; his sensitivity and boundless
musical ideas make it easy. Rufus Reid sings on the bass; every note
has meaning and story to tell. Jeanfrançois produced the session and
wrote the arrangements (which give just enough structure while leaving
room for interaction), contributing his original, lyrical soloing.
Jeanfrançois, you made this recording come to life on so many levels--
thank you for all you’ve done. Many thanks to Greg Pasenko and BluJazz
“I believe in the sun. In the tangle of human failures of fear, greed and forgetfulness, the sun gives me clarity. When explorers first encountered my people, they called us heathens, sun worshippers. They didn't understand that the sun is a relative and illuminates our path on this earth.
"Many of us continue ceremonies that ensure a connection with the sun. After dancing all night in a circle we realize that we are a part of a larger sense of stars and planets dancing with us overhead. When the sun rises at the apex of the ceremony, we are renewed. There is no mistaking this connection, though Wal- Mart might be just down the road. Humans are vulnerable and rely on the kindnesses of the earth and the sun; we exist together in a sacred field of meaning.”
Muscogee Indian poet, Joy Harjo
|How About You_1
|As I Leave Again
|Judy Niemack, Vocals
Jeanfrançois Prins, Guitar
Rufus Reid, Bass
Bruce Barth, Piano
Bruno Castellucci, Drums