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MP3 Yvette Tollar - Cactus Flowers

Warm and spirited vocalist, Yvette Tollar''s, debut offering, Cactus Flowers is a timeless collection of self-penned modern jazz tunes that spark the imagination with edgy wit and sophistication.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (53:00) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz

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“Cactus Flowers is a treat.” – GEOFF CHAPMAN, THE TORONTO STAR.

“Her voice is smooth, pure and at times almost haunting...
Refreshing and spellbinding…
She stands out from other female vocalists of her kind.”

She''s one of Canada''s leading modern jazz vocalists and a member of Canada''s first family of jazz and world music, and now, Yvette Tollar returns to the spotlight with Ima - a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, Cactus Flowers (2001).

Simply put, Cactus Flowers is a gem. Two of the album’s stand-outs are the elegant, Ugli Fruit Tango and the Brazilian influenced, highly rhythmic, Poison Tree. Tollar’s composing prowess shines on the modern jazz fusion track, I Heard It Said, while her collaborative skills are heard on the hauntingly sparse and pensive jazz waltz written by brother, Ernie Tollar (accompanying lyrics by Yvette). Throughout the album, Tollar''s rich vocals tie the eclectic compositions together with a seemingly effortless grace.

After a concert promoting Cactus Flowers at Toronto’s Enwave Theatre, reviewer Robert Price wrote of Yvette that she makes "jazz sound easy," while others have praised her flawless technique and soulful, spirited, unforced delivery.

With maturity and a deep reverence for the lyric, Tollar’s approach always puts the music first. Surrounding herself with the best of Canada’s jazz talent is par for the course.
Cactus Flowers’ personnel includes National Jazz Award winner, Dave Restivo as well as Newfoundland’s pianist/percussionist, Bill Brennan. Producer, Gordon Sheard, adds synth work and inspired accordion to several tracks. Jazz/World music chameleon, Ernie Tollar joins in on bamboo flute and soprano saxophone. Celebrated bassist, Rich Brown holds down the low end with his signature electric sound and adds in a couple of tracks on upright. Drummer Daniel Barnes plays kit while John Findlay plays rhythm guitar on two tracks. Igor Romanyk plays passionate violin on Ugli Fruit Tango while vocalists, Peggy Jane Hope and Saidah Baba Talibah (daughter and niece of legendary singers, Salome and Andy Bey) offer their spoken word input to two tracks.

Tollar''s musical chops have been honed over a lifetime immersed in the jazz and world scenes. Born and raised in Toronto by parents who supported their children''s musical experimentation (her dad encouraged Yvette to get her welder''s license just in case, but she didn''t), she spent her teen years taking lessons at the Royal Conservatory and hanging out with her older brother Ernie and his roommate Holly Cole – whose record collection she devoured.

As a young adult, she studied in New York with the legendary Sheila Jordan and did workshops in Banff with Dave Holland, Kenny Werner and Joe Lovano.
Tollar started her professional career at 16, and has been a regular at several Toronto live music spots for years.
She is a former member of the Juno-winning modern jazz group The Merlin Factor, and has recorded with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble for Japan''s Naxus label. She has toured with her own ensemble throughout Canada and in Europe. In addition, Tollar sings with the Hungarian/Jazz band Kek Duna, has recorded and performed with Serbian saxophonist, Jasna Jovicevic, tours with the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, provides backing vocals for Maryem Tollar and sings with her husband''s contemporary jazz super group rinsethealgorithm.

A recipient of dozens of awards and scholarships, Yvette’s talents have been recognized by The Canada Council For The Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, The Banff Centre For The Arts and, most recently was the recipient of the prestigious, Chalmers Fellowship Award.

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