#20] Brandi Shearer & The Robin Nolan Trio:
Mandana Beigi Rendezvous At The Nightery
Amoeba Music, the
largest indie record chain in the US, is launching its own label in April with
three releases including Rendezvous at the Nightery from Brandi Shearer and the
Robin Nolan Trio. The album is a diverse collection of Gypsy/Jazz tunes highlighted
by Shearers silky seductive vocals and the Bay Areas most celebrated
gypsy trio. A series of dazzling in-store performances by the band prompted Amoeba
to sign them and celebrate the debut of both the label and the record in the spring
A student exchange
program to Hungary in the early 90s was the beginning of Shearers musical
journey. Shortly after her arrival in Budapest, she became a regular at local
parties and bars singing and playing the guitar. And there, for the first time,
she heard the recordings of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and other artists who
ended up inspiring and influencing her musical direction and style. While traveling
through the south of France, she was exposed to gypsy jazz and the sound of Django
Reinhardt. Thats where I cemented the way I will probably write songs
for the rest of my life, says Shearer. I got out of the standard pop
and blues progressions and started taking more chances.
Shearer is a splendid singer whose onstage charm and confidence adds a whole lot
of virtuosity to Robin Nolans trio. Glory of Lord, Settin
the Woods on Fire, and Everything Happens to Me are among the
most memorable tracks on the album.
Gypsy Jazz music is definitely not a genre that receives much attention or support
from record labels or the mass audience. However, if this was good enough for
Amoeba, it will be great for us, the indie lovers who can always appreciate good
music regardless of the name or the genre!
Rendezvous at the Nightery also features guest artists, Ralph Carney (horns),
David Grisman (mandolin), and Stephane Wrembel (guitar).