Visions: The Music Of Stevie Wonder Yoron Israel

January 8, 2013 in Music Reviews by Michele Wilson-Morris

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Yoron IsraelYoron Israel’s recently released CD, “Visions: The Music Of Stevie Wonder” is unique in that it is a rework of Stevie Wonder’s music, but as Israel hears it. He says this is always the way he heard Wonder’s music, and he has put it into a form where we can share and enjoy his concept with him. Musically sound and full of innovations, I really enjoyed his approach to making the music in the form of jazz. Israel states that Wonder, in his opinion, was always a Jazz composer even if his music was more mainstream R&B. Leading his band from the drummer’s position is amazing, and his playing is consistent and fabulous.

Always making his presence heard and felt, Israel’s abilities are reminiscent of the late great Art Blakey. “Visions” with spoken word is bad to the bone with perfect balance, and the spoken word adds an interesting touch. The musicians backing Israel up do a tremendous job in their playing as well, exploring the works of one of the greatest American artists to ever preform. The amount of love and respect for Wonder’s music comes pouring out song after song on the CD. I did not mention other songs because I liked them all so much that I could write a review of each one and I’m sure you’d rather hear the music than to read my writing. I almost wanted to do just that, but I instead recommend you get this CD and listen for yourself. Trust me, it’s a journey of discovery that you won’t soon forget.

The 10 track CD is interesting in another way, that being the fact that Israel doesn’t just choose the most recognizable of Stevie Wonder’s songs, but reaches deep and conceptualizes some of those that are lesser known. “You Are The Sunshine Of my Life” is an exception of course, and I can clearly hear what Israel means when he says Wonder’s music has always been composed for jazz. This is one classy CD with wonderful renditions that will make you smile inside and out. This CD is a big winner for fans of jazz and R&B, and I highly recommend it.

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Haberdashery sets Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

April 30, 2012 in News by TMC

Haberdashery sets Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” to music as an electronic curiosity

Haberdashery has just released his 19th single, an electropop adaptation of the timeless poem, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. The 18 stanza poem is sung in its entirety with a haunting musical construction that breaks the poem into three acts. Although the concept for this project has been gestating for over a decade, it was only after the release of his 5th album in 2011 that Stephen began recording the track. Two remixes, by lost robot (Israel) and markymix (Chicago, USA), round out this Creative Commons License release.

To commemorate the 167th anniversary of the poem’s first publication in 1845, a limited edition of 167 CDs were made for the release. The video for “The Raven” is set against a background Gustave Doré’s original illustrations for the poem. Cover painting by Beth Pearlman. Buy one of the limited edition CDs or MP3s at haberdasheryinfo.com.

Haberdashery (Stephen Pearlman) has been crafting synth-pop since 2004. Strongly influenced by Erasure and Björk, his productions are lush and incorporate multi-layered cinematic sounds with pop sensibilities. With an array of software and hardware, Stephen writes, arranges, and records all of his music. Haberdashery has released five full-length albums, 15 EPs, and 18 singles. Read the rest of this entry →

 
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