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Vanessa Fernandez - Use Me (2014)

Jazz, Blues | Author: artmuss | 30-07-2018, 13:02
Vanessa Fernandez - Use Me (2014)Artist: Vanessa Fernandez
Title Of Album: Use Me
Year Of Release: 2014
Label (Catalog#): Groove Note Records [GRV1050-2]
Country: Singapore
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Soul, Blues, Contemporary Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 57:02
Full Size: 337 mb

"Tasty as is the back-up band and are the outstanding acoustic arrangements, Ms. Fernandez steals the show with a voice that is as unlikely as her cover photo would have you thinking "funky black chick". She's no poseur though. If you have any such notions start with side 3's opener, a cover of Bill Withers' 'Use Me,' which is from where the album gets it title." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.

Singapore-based vocalist Vanessa Fernandez, 31, has performed hip-hop (Urban Xchange/Parking Lot Pimp) and been a DJ "Vandetta," or "Miss Vandetta" on Mediacorp Radio's 987FM. Groove Note and ORG reissue producer Ying Tan decided that Fernandez deserved the audiophile recording treatment and so brought her to Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles in mid-January 2014 to record this album to analog tape in five sessions.

Fernandez covers Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and others in an album filled with funky grooves provided by a stellar back-up band anchored by bassist Leland Sklar, with session guitarist Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson) drummer Victor Indrizzo (Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell) keyboardist Jim Cox (Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King) and others.

The album of audiophile-quality covers of soul and R&B classics from the '70s and '80s was done in an "unplugged" style with acoustic instruments and arrangements used on all of the tracks. Vocals are tremendously dynamic (no compression or limiting used), with superb presence and detail for all other instruments including the drum set.

The album introduces and throws the spotlight on the fantastic voice of the Singaporean vocalist Fernandez. The song selection includes tunes by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Al Green and others. Now available for Digital Download!

This is a great group of top LA musicians backing superlative performances by a great new singer!!!


1 I Just Wanna Be With You 5:26
2 Be Thankful For What You Got 6:18
3 Distant Lover 5:31
3 Hard Times 4:14
5 That Loving Feeling 5:11
6 Simply Beautiful 4:19
7 Use Me 3:34
8 I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 6:09
9 Cool Cat 4:44
10 Here But I'm Gone 5:08
11 Be Thankful For What You Got (Alternate Mix) 6:28

Drums – Victor Indrizzo
Electric Bass – Leland Sklar
Guitar – Tim Pierce
Harmonica – Stanley Behrens
Keyboards – Jim Cox
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Percussion – Rafael Padilla
Recorded By – Michael C. Ross
Vocals – Vanessa Fernandez



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