Sarah McKenzie – Paris In The Rain 2017

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McKenzie praises Paris in the Rain as a more “stylish” album. “It shows greater depth of my arrangements,” she says before explaining that she’s fashioning her own vision within the jazz tradition. For this album, that meant exploring more textures with which she does gorgeously by expanding the sonic palette.

As an arranger, McKenzie cites George Shearing as one her most significant lodestars. She’s particularly fond of his usage of piano block chords against guitars. “I want things to sound quirky and a little rough but still very charming and elegant,” she says.
McKenzie employs the same ambitions of being a distinguishable stylist in her piano playing too. “Being an incredibly virtuosic pianist is cool if that that’s what you do. But I really identify with coming up with a style and really trying the make the songs speak with my own unique sound.”

Label – Impulse!

Sarah McKenzie – vocals, piano
Warren Wolf – vibes
Dominick Farinacci – trumpet
Jamie Baum – flute
Scott Robinson – alto sax
Ralph Moore – tenor sax
Romero Lubambo, Mark Whitfield – guitar
Reuben Rogers – bass
Gregory Hutchinson – drums

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