Amanda McBroom - Chanson (Sings Jacques Brel)

Amanda McBroom - Chanson (Sings Jacques Brel)

Label: Gecko Records
Format: CD
Country: US
Released: 2009-07-14
Genre: Jazz
Ranking: 9.2

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Chanson: Amanda McBroom Sings Jacques Brel, the stunning new CD from critically-acclaimed Jazz/Cabaret vocalist and composer Amanda McBroom ("The Rose"), is set for release July 14th by LML Music/Gecko Records. Featuring a stellar cast of musicians including Mark Isham on horns, Chanson: Amanda McBroom Sings Jacques Brel is a passionate and stylistically powerful tribute to a man deemed the most important singer-songwriter in France during the Sixties golden age of popular song. The release of Chanson will be accompanied by tour dates throughout the Fall.

“In her presence you get that rare whiff of greatness," says The New York Times of McBroom, while Variety calls Amanda “The finest cabaret performer of her generation" and The Times Of London hails her as “Not only the greatest singer-songwriter of her cabaret generation, but also about the only one."

Featuring eleven classic Brel compositions delivered in McBrooms inimitable style, Chansonis a tour-de-force performance of the genius of Jacques Brel as only Amanda McBroom could render.

I realize now that the reason I became a song writer was because of Brel. I was enamored of his music from the first note. I had never heard any music like this in my life, it was intelligent, so sexy, so powerful, so political, so romantic, so French!

Amanda McBroom
A multi-talented singer, composer and actress, Amanda McBroom crosses the boundaries of musical entertainment and is consistently praised the world over for her recordings and incredible live performances. Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song, “The Rose" hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda's performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn't) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as a songwriter. Her recording career began on an MGM soundstage where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had overdubbed the sounds of their tap routines over forty years before. It was 1980 and she recorded direct-to-disc - no tape, no overdubs, no mixing, no fixing - for the prestigious vinyl audiophile label Sheffield Lab Recordings. Growing Up In Hollywood Town became an audiophile classic around the world and set a new standard for vinyl recording and hi-fi stereo reproduction. Billboard called the LP a “stunning artistic success" and Amanda became “the queen of the high end" for the purity of her vocals and the emotional depth of her songs. Sheffield released a second McBroom direct-to-disc recording entitled West Of Oz in 1981. Both recordings were compiled and re-released as Amanda by Sheffield in 1996.