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MP3 Caroline Guirr - A Place To Go

Wistful, contemplative, ambient, airy vocals with spacious jazz piano & pop overtones, painful experience told with musical dignity and care over the arrangements.

9 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz-Pop, NEW AGE: Ambient

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Look to the Sky

This CD is a gentle, reflective mix of cool jazz piano, ambient exotic keyboard sounds, lyrical bass lines, raunchy electric & elegant acoustic guitar, and ambient whispery vocals. It deals with the dark and painful subject of loss. It is hoped to be of comfort to others dealing with similar situations, as well as being a personal tribute to the inspiring force of the album.


Track info: (Sleeve notes and lyrics included with the album.)

"Healing (part 1)"
The story begins with this gentle airy, bluesy, dreamy vocal featuring piano and acoustic guitar. For everyone who likes Gm, EbM7 and D7alt.

"M.V.G."
Just soprano sax and piano – jazzy wistful ballad featuring Lewis Watson on saxophone, one of the North East’s top sax players. Complex unremitting chords and tense rhythmic pulls feature here where the two instruments weave a elegy that pulls no punches.

"A Place to Go"
Laid back funky feel with raw understated vocals and exotic keyboard riffs. A heartfelt subject delivered in a raw & airy rendition. Feaures sounds from the Orient (and the Proeus 2000)

"Book at Bedtime"
Jazz trio style, a homage to Oscar Peterson - the main man of piano jazz.

"Sleep"
Latinesque percussion leads a full band sound with Caroline’s vocals enhanced with the vocal talents of Tom Cantwell.

"Transcendence"
Just piano and vocals. A ballad with unusual nuances. Just look to the sky....

"Healing (part II)"
It takes time.... Full of minor 9s!

"Coda"
A succint goodbye.

"Creative Consciousness (bonus track)"
They are still there somewhere, somehow. A full big band Zappa-esque sound featuring layered synths and real brass, paying tribute to another big man of jazz, Bach.


Comments on “A Place To Go” and some of Caroline’s other work:

“Crafted with care, these songs allow space and lightness to pervade intricate compositions.”

“Jazzy, funny and funky; bluesy, poppy and cool.”

“The songs are written, recorded, produced, engineered and largely performed by a female musician whose many influences trickle down through the songs.”

“A strong collection of varied pieces entwined by a unifying theme.”

“Personal songs of a sensitive, painful nature yet not without an uplifting, optimistic quality.”

“A set of humanist songs expressing one of the most acutely painful yet common of the great human themes.”

“These compositions are understated and wistful, yet they tip a hat to sophisticated styles such as jazz and funk.”

“Pieces from the heart are boldly explored in these poignant illustrations of human experience.”

“An eclectic myriad of styles is visible in Caroline’s work; she has sought contributions from some very inspired musicians, mainly by way of contribution by Tom Cantwell, a guitarist of great sensitivity and accomplishment.”

“A female singer/songwriter/producer whose work cannot be easily categorised into one genre, although the influences of many musicians are evident (John Martyn, Oscar Peterson, and more).”

Caroline is a musician originally from Greater London but now based in Northumberland. She enjoys and experiments with many styles of music and has worked in various fields as a performer, songwriter, arranger, educator and producer.

Influences include John Martyn, Steely Dan, Genesis, The Isley Brothers, Air, Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Santana, Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Free, Shakatak, Allman Brothers, Anita Baker, Air, Zero 7, Groove Armada, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nitin Sawhney, Oscar Peterson, Joe Sample, George Benson, Carole King, Debussy, Sibelius and many more.

She records and produces her own work.

She has written in many styles over the years both on her own and in collaboration with Tom Cantwell.

People who are interested in Frank Zappa Zero 7 Shakatak should consider this download.
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