Title - Big Crazy Love
Artist - Courtney Freed
For those unaware, on February 4th, 2022, jazz songstress Courtney Freed brought out a new album that showcases her eclectic new set filled with surprises and a wide variety of material and which had all the jazz aficionados - within the business and journos both - sitting up and taking notice.
Bringing forth a program that ranges from jazz to modern folk music, Jobim and ballads to a dramatic rendition of Lilac Wine, Freed’s new album Big Crazy Love allows the world to witness the dynamite vocalist and songwriter.
This stunning 11-track collection of originals and reimagined classics are simply brought to life here on her sophomore studio recording project, and is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most perfect showcase for Freed’s musicality, range and heartfelt songwriting.
1. There’s a Mornin’ Coming
2. Take Your Time
3. No More Blues
4. Big Crazy Love
5. Ancient History
6. See The Sea
7. What a Difference a Day Makes
8. When We Were Lovers
9. Lilac Wine
10. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
11. Melancholy Blues
A timely collection of jazz inspired original songs and reimagined covers, curated to delight, this beautifully crafted album opens on the wistful folk song There’s a Mornin’ Coming and the pop original Take Your Time and backs those up with her joyful take on Antônio Carlos Jobim’s No More Blues, the dulcet orchestrations of the title track Big Crazy Love and then comes the playful Ancient History.
Having been described as effervescent and a whirlwind of excitement, all that and oh-so much comes to the fore from Freed as we set sail (no pun intended) into the amiable balladry of See The Sea which is in turn followed by the beautiful hipsway of What a Difference a Day Makes (popularized by Dinah Washington, but here sewn from the seed of the original originally written in Spanish by María Grever).
An exultant When We Were Lovers follows along nicely and then we get an achingly revealing rendition of James Shelton’s Lilac Wine, the album rounding out on her dramatic interpretation of Wham!’s beloved pop hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, coming to a close on a showstopping rendition of Freddie Mercury’s most autobiographical song that he ever wrote, Melancholy Blues.
Joined by guitarist Hamody Hindi, pianist David Saffert, bassist Bernardo Gomez drummer Kyle Owen, Josh Gilbert on tenor and flute, and three string players (violinist Patti King, arranger Kyleen King on viola, and cellist Anna Fritz), Freed creates a dynamic set of infectious music throughout.
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