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Dee Bell and Marcos Silva - CD Release
April 29, 2014
Tuesday, April 29
Silva • Bell • Elation, the January 2014 release from Concord Jazz and Laser recording vocalist Dee Bell, brings her ﬁrst “current” recording in twenty-three years and marks a subtle and visionary departure from her previous recordings. Dee explains that Elation is “a fusion of her laid-back, white, swing jazz vocals ﬂoating over the top of pianist and composer Marcos Silva’s arrangements, all performed with bona ﬁde Brazilian rhythms.” Marcos is a Berkeley, JazzSchool instructor and former music director for Flora Purim and Toninho Horta who trained Elation’s bassist Scott Thompson and drummer Phil Thompson the genuine way to play Brazilian rhythms. Dee’s new CD includes some of her long-time favorites from across several genres of music. She states, “Marcos Silva, master of the rhythms of his homeland, brings an authenticity to the music, then add to these gems the electric bass, played like a guitar in the style of Jaco Pastorius, and a whole new approach to swing jazz comes to life in this diverse mix that includes jazz standards as well as morsels like Abbey Lincoln’s The World is Falling Down, Joni Mitchell’s Night in the City, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, and the Beatle’s, I Will. Nature Boy and I’ve Got the World on a String dance with the Caribbean infusion of Andy Narell’s steelpan jazz solos. The arrangement of The World is Falling Down is sung in tribute to the musicians who have crossed over and begins with the Candomblé rhythm used in religious ceremonies to channel a Brazilian god. It features San Francisco-born guitarist and Miles Davis band graduate Barry Finnerty on a solo that “weeps” for those passed away. Marcos wrote a ‘Four Brothers’ saxophone part on Harvest Moon for 17-year-old Chris Sullivan whose tone brings to mind Jan Gabarek on a solo that drives like a train. Marcos’ shufﬂe arrangement of this song creates a jazzy 180-degree turn from the original Neil Young pop version. There are also four offerings that will please those fans attracted to the ﬁrst three albums.”
Dee Bell’s debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone, and Eddie Duran (a Benny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label (CJ-206) as an LP for Valentine’s Day 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank, Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. Let There Be Love posted in the top ten in Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in the spring of 1983. The follow- up recording in 1985 of One by One (CJ-271), also on the Concord Jazz label, reached number 13 on the Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in early summer 1985. This album featured trumpeter Tom Harrell along with Duran and Plank, and other Bay Area jazz musicians.
Let There Be Love was chosen as a BillBoard Magazine “Recommended LP Jazz Pick in 1983. “ Bell was also nominated by Downbeat Magazine in their Jazz Critic’s Poll for two consecutive years as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.” BAM Magazine nominated.
Let There Be Love as the Best Debut Album and One by One as Best Jazz Vocal Album, both in their release years. Sagacious Grace topped the national airplay charts at 31 and continues to draw attention for the excellent selection of tunes and musicianship on the album. George Fendel of the Oregon Jazz Society says, “Bell and friends put all the pieces together with some ﬁne arrangements, "Bell"-like intonation, and winning material.”
Bell has performed nationally and internationally and has appeared at the Golden Globe Awards, the Russian River Jazz Festival, the Jazz in the City Festival, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival to name a few, as well as a wide variety of television, club and hotel performances.
LASER DEE BELL-MARCOS SILVA/Silva Bell Elation:
"When vets of the system get together, take off the gloves, stop worrying about the clock, perception and taste, wonderful things can fly through the air and land successfully. Essentially after a few decades away, this Concord vet rounds up a bunch of SF pros, finds the jazz in Neil Young and sets sail. A jazz vocal date with a lot of traditional elements, it all comes together in a non-traditional way that blows your ears wide open. Jazz vocal fans won't be offended in the least, no matter how purist they are, and you can bet a good time will be had by all. Bell obviously remembers that this is the entertainment business and if we aren't having fun, we aren't doing our jobs. Fun stuff throughout." - Midwest Record