Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian by Sarah Partridge - CD Quality Digital Download (2017)
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Vocalist Sarah Partridge reimagines a collection of songs by the famed folk artist, Janis Ian, whose hits "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" have resonated with listeners for many decades. Long respecting Ian's musically and lyrically rich body of work, Partridge saw evidence of jazz roots in much of her writing and, along with arranger Allen Farnham, created inspired paths to presenting the songs in a jazz environment. The album contains thirteen selections both old and new, popular and unheard, dating from the late 1960's to the present, including two new originals co-written by Partridge and Ian - "Somebody's Child," and "A Quarter Past Heartache," which features them both on vocals.
1. A Quarter Past Heartache 4:16
2. Tattoo 4:36
3. Society's Child 6:06
4. Forever and a Day 4:33
5. Calling Your Name 4:14
6. At Seventeen 5:52
7. Belle of the Blues 5:26
8. Matthew 6:35
9. Silly Habits 4:03
10. Somebody's Child 3:59
11. Bright Lights & Promises 5:32
12. Orphan of the Wind 5:35
13. I'm Still Standing 4:14
SARAH PARTRIDGE - vocals
JANIS IAN - vocals (1)
ALLEN FARNHAM - piano
BILL MORING - bass
TIM HORNER - drums, percussion
SCOTT ROBINSON - tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
BEN WILLIAMS - trombone
PAUL MEYERS - acoustic guitar
BEN STEIN - electric guitar
All music and lyrics by Janis Ian, except: "A Quarter Past Heartache" & "Somebody's Child," written by Janis Ian & Sarah Partridge
Arranged by Allen Farnham, except (1,6) arranged by Tim Horner
Produced by Allen Farnham, Co-Produced by Sarah Partridge
Associate Producers: Bill Moring & Tim Horner
Recorded & mixed by Chris Sulit at Trading 8s Recording Studio, Paramus, NJ August 18 & 19, 2016
Mastered by Alan Silverman. ARF! Mastering. New York, NY
Cover photos by Chris Drukker
Session photos by Chris Drukker & Gary Stein
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
REVIEWS OF BRIGHT LIGHTS AND PROMISES: REDEFINING JANIS IAN
Elmore Magazine (Annie Dinerman)
Jazz vocalist Sarah Partridge was only tinkering with the idea of recording one or two songs written by singer-songwriter Janis Ian, best known for her hits, "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child." Recently, from the stage where the teenage Ian herself sang in the 1960s, Partridge celebrated the release of her full CD of Janis Ian songs. Bright Light ...
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
5-STARS How did nobody think to go here before? With a glut of fine Joni Mitchell tributes on the market and a couple of engrossing Laura Nyro nods out there, how is it that no creative spirits in the jazz or cabaret camps thought to make the full-on jump to Janis Ian before now? Hearing Sarah Partridge dig into Ian's body of work makes this conc ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
If Partridge wasn't the art chick with loads extra, we'd have to be scratching our heads wondering why a jazz tribute to Janis Ian. Well, Partridge brings in Allen Farnham to help with the music and brings in Ian herself to co-write some new ones. Take that homage makers! Long after you've taken Ian for granted, this revival does more than pump ...
Music Republic Magazine (Simon Redley)
4-STARS Janis Ian. Folk legend. Singer. Songwriter. A star for five decades. A songwriter's songwriter. It takes a brave soul to set out to "redefine" her songs at all, but in another genre and style altogether requires a giant leap of faith. US jazz artist Sarah Partridge is that person who dreamed up this project; to reinterpret some of Janis ...
CodecPrime (Barry Bassis)
Jazz singer Sarah Partridge came up with inspired idea to record an album of songs by Janis Ian. Many jazz artists have performed Joni Mitchell songs but Ian (who burst on the scene at age 14 with "Society's Child" in 1966) has been overlooked by the jazz world. The Partridge and Ian are so compatible that they even co-composed two of the songs on ...