Dot Time Records is honored to welcome Sarah Thorpe to the label and announce the January 17th, 2020 release of Thorpe’s ‘Deep Blue Love’. Sarah presents an album of sultry original material and thoughtful renditions of jazz classics, pairing her distinctive voice and phrasing with rich arrangements, dynamic soloing and rhythmic gusto. France-native Thorpe uses the ten pieces performed on this album as vehicles for her expression; A refreshing take on the role of the vocalist in a jazz context. Thorpe’s emotive vocal performance paired with rich harmonic and melodic invention sets her apart in today’s crowded musical landscape. ‘Deep Blue Love’s intensity and deep musicality is in part thanks to the fantastic personnel at Thorpe’s side. The album features Olivier Hutman on piano, Darryl Hall on bass, John Betsch on drums and special guests T.K Blue on alto sax, Josiah Woodson on trumpet, Ronald Baker on trumpet and Ismael Nobour on drums.
Sarah launches her superb new album at the Sunside in Paris on December 14th presenting her smoking new band, feat. Josiah Woodson (tp), David Sauzay (sax), Dexter Goldberg (p), Fabrizio Nicolas (b), Kevin Luchetti (dm). For more information: https://www.sunset-sunside.com/2019/12/artiste/3619/6623/
Sarah Thorpe’s vocal precision benefited from the stimulating coaching of Michele Hendricks (daughter of jazz luminary Jon Hendricks) and Sara Lazarus. The vocalist is able to bring a clarity of tone and an aesthetic alertness to these time-tested compositions and original material that will be appealing to jazz aficionados and novices alike. Thorpe blends straight-ahead jazz with modern sounds, eschewing the dreary world of over-played standards, exploring the world of composers such as Wayne Shorter, Carmen Lundy and contemporary players like Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart, Marcus Printup, and Dezron Douglas.
Thorpe’s propensity for modern jazz compositions is evidenced by the pieces the vocalist chose to cover on this release, wonderful instrumental tunes by composers such as Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Randy Weston and Wayne Shorter which Thorpe seamlessly incorporated into the vocal jazz idiom. The artist’s wistful interpretation of Horace Silver’s “Lonely Woman”, and her rendition of Randy Weston’s “Pretty Strange” demonstrate Thorpe’s facility as a story-teller as well as a vocalist. Listeners will enjoy Thorpe’s mesmerizingly pure tone in conjunction with consummate instrumentalist T.K Blue’s flute on Pat Metheny’s “Free”, a truly transfixing arrangement of Metheny’s composition.
Thorpe’s original compositions demonstrate her deep knowledge of the jazz tradition and her deeply innate rhythmic sensibility. Each track is groove-based and features strong melodies and opportunities for improvisation while still maintaining a deep sense of meaning being espoused from the vocalist’s every lyric. The album’s title track starts the record off on a high, showcasing Thorpe’s impressive range. The diversity of groove and feel on this album is a treat in and of itself. As the album progresses, the audience is treated to a latin groove, a second-line feel, a waltz and swing grooves each played more genuinely and authentically than the last; on top of these grooves, Thorpe’s voice soars.
The release is now ready for pre Order here: