Brand New Day

Donna Lewis

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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
June 17, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Donna Lewis' fifth studio recording 'Brand New Day' is an intimate, jazz-infused album and a striking departure from anything she has done before. Produced by her longtime friend and collaborator David Torn, who arranged all the songs, and backed by The Bad Plus jazz trio, it redefines her as an artist while maintaining the wonderful open qualities her fans love.

'I Love You Always Forever' (from the multiple-platinum selling Now In A Minute) was such a huge hit for Donna Lewis - a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection - the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. However the conservatory-trained daughter of a jazz pianist has since forged her place in the pop world, through styles as diverse as art pop, singer/songwriter folk, traditional jazz, and classical. While Lewis' last album, 2008's 'In the Pink', was heavily electronic, 'Brand New Day' explores a much more stripped-down acoustic sound.

Lewis has toured often in a duo setting, accompanying herself on piano with a bassist at her side. Here, however, she pares down her focus even further by handling only the vocals, leaving all instrumental duties with the capable trio featuring pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King (AKA The Bad Plus), who are perfectly suited to back Lewis on this project.

Along with three originals (the languid 'Sleep', the title track 'Brand New Day' and a ruminative reworking of 'I Love You Always Forever'), Lewis and her trio delve into a handful of inspired cover songs that cross stylistic boundaries from the fantastical latter-David Bowie number 'Bring Me the Head of the Disco King', to Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin' at Me', to Damien Rice's 'Amie'.

What's particularly invigorating here is how untethered Iverson, Anderson and King perform. As a trio, they interact clearly, fluidly and adventurously on Brand New Day even as they supply Lewis the generous framework she deserves as a vocalist. And then there's Lewis herself, with her cherubic, fuzzy coo of a voice. She digs into these songs with care and expertise, drawing out her phrases and enveloping a tune in multiple layers of meaning.

Press Quotes

"(5 stars) Taking a selection of well-crafted contemporary pop songs (plus a few of her own), and giving them an intelligent makeover has given this album a beautifully quirky and thoughtful appeal; I was hooked from start to finish."

Jazz Journal

"(4 stars) Her vocal style (Lewis') is lilting and deeply reflective… A refreshing batch of cover versions."

BBC Music Magazine

"Lewis shows impeccable taste...Electrifying."

The Irish Times

"The mood is hushed and intensely personal...This is an intriguingly successful collaboration between an unusual team."

Jazz Views

"An inspired partnership... her (Lewis') emotive voice with the modern architecture of the jazz piano trio."



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Catalogue number WR4688
Barcode 5052442008286
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 56g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm