LISA ENGELKEN QUARTET at the Sound Room
Every now and again a great treat comes your way. Lisa Engelken will be playing at the Sound Room on Saturday, Feb 23. This is one of those great treats! Her last CD was in the top ten jazz releases of 2010 - right alongside Herbie Hancock! Well now she's got a new CD coming out and the buzz on this CD is tremendous. You don't want to miss this.
Extraordinary singer, songwriter and arranger Lisa Engelken is a Kansas-born straight-shooter known for a fearless stage presence that has garnered her comparisons to Evel Knievel, Janis Joplin and even a roaring Harley Davidson.
Classically and theatrically trained, Lisa wields an acrobatic three-octave range. Equal parts freight train and junkyard trombone, Engelken alternately locomotes and floats through tunes.
This is Lisa's first appearance at The Sound Room, and she will be joined by a powerhouse trio of Frank Martin on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Matt Swindells on drums. Together they will perform new works from Engelken's upcoming album Little Warrior, scheduled for release in Spring 2013. The album will feature several of Lisa's original compositions, as well as "Undertow," an exciting new lyric version of Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti". Also included are compelling adaptations of works by The Cars, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Abbey Lincoln. Engelken, who speaks fluent Italian, plans to include a joyous samba by Italian composer Franco Godi.
Little Warrior follows Lisa's release Caravan, named to the "Best of 2010" List by the Jazz Journalists Association. Produced and arranged by Engelken, "Caravan" includes ten bold adaptations of swing and jazz standards, Brazilian and contemporary tunes by Billy Idol and Joni Mitchell. The album best-selling track is "From the Earth", her new lyric version of Freddie Hubbard's jazz-funk classic "Red Clay."
Now based in San Francisco, Lisa has shared the stage with diverse artists as Yo La Tengo, John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, Greg Brown, T-Bone Burnett, and Tom Waits.
"She is an utter original. Blessed with superlative power, control and range, Engelken can, as mood requires, be as soft as dew or as intense as a sleet storm; her interpretive instincts are astounding. In short, Engelken defines the 'extra' in extraordinary."
Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
"Bold, lush, exotic and just a little bit dangerous, like waves of sound and heat: Evel Knievel and Janis Joplin. Like Evel, she is a fearless daredevil, but never reckless, knowing exactly whether her voice can jump through a ring of fire and over 30 elephants--or whether it can go 31. And like Janis, she gives every ounce of herself onstage."
--Erin Gray, columnist for the Monterey Herald
"The title cut 'Caravan' is indeed a revamp of the harmonies and arrangements of Debussy and the British alt-pop band Radiohead. Only Lisa E. could conspire to combine those two influences so effectively. Add singer, composer and producer Lisa Engelken to that pantheon of great jazz artists. Caravan will stand the test of time and is a harbinger of more great music to come."
--Eric Smith, Arts Editor, BeyondChron. org
Caravan is the work of an artist with her own sound and concept, a daring improviser with the technique to express even her most unorthodox ideas. More than a song stylist, she's a dramatic force whose musical vision is both shaped and animated by years of stage experience.
--Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News
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