Lauren describes herself in her bio as a Jazz vocalist, songwriter,
pianist, recording artist and her sound as neo-jazzy pop. After a
first spin of her new album "It Is What It Is" I asked Lisa
: "Do you
still consider yourself as a jazz artist?"
answer: "Iím so glad you asked that because
now I can explain why I named the CD ďit is what it isĒ!!
I donít know if I EVER considered myself a jazz artist. Iíve
always been influenced by jazz and have played with a lot of jazz
musicians over the years, but Iíve always felt liked Iíve leaned
more toward a pop sound. So when I started recording, the jazz
elements just came along for the ride. I just play what I like
and since I like a lot of different types of music, the end result is
a mix of many styles.
Itís funny because Iíve had one person in the radio industry tell
me the CD was too jazzy, and another who told me it ďwasnít really
jazzĒ. So Iím thinking that the CD title I chose will be
Lisa is often compared with singers like Joni Mitchell or Rickie Lee
Jones and frankly that's exact the music you can await on her upcoming
album. On her previous albums "My Own Twist" and "What
Comes Around" Lisa performed covers of The Beatles with much
success. Lisa relies again on this receipt. The album starts with The
Word originally by John Lennon and Paul McCartney ("Rubber
Soul"). A very
uptempo tune with a driving beat. David Sanborn is pushing his alto
sax in superior style. You know him.
Fantasy is the tune of guitar-master Greg Koch. Greg is a
longtime-fan of Jimi Hendrix and when you listen attentively to his
dobro guitar play you can hear Jimi's "The Wind Cries
Mary". If you want to learn dobro blues, you should listen
to Passing Fantasy .
But we shouldn't neglect Lisa
Lauren, the great singer and song-writer. If you search the similarity
to Rickie Lee
Jones, you find it in Life Is Good. Short
Seen A Face was first released on the album of the Beatles
"Help" (1965). In the U.S. the song first appeared on the album
"Rubber Soul". This song had originally already a
country style. So it's no wonder that Laura choose it for her new I
dare to say wonderful interpretation. Why shouldn't a girl have the
same sentiments as a man?
Through You is a further song from the album "Rubber
Soul" (1965). This song was created by the Beatles under the
influence of Bob Dylan. Lisa's version is a bit more earthy by
selection of Greg Koch's dobro as lead accompany. Dobro is a special
guitar having a metal resonator, which was first built by the firm Dopyera
Brothers and currently by Gibson.
Pull Of The
Moon has a romantic swinging attitude. It's her passion song
and you can take it for real.
Disguise is flowing like a mountain-brook. A hooking melody!
One of the greatest hits of the
Eurythmics was Here Comes The Rain Again
from their album "Touch" (1983). Lisa 's cover version has
that gloomy and hypnotic atmosphere of the original. Jim
Gailloreto on soprano sax plays a dominant role proceeding the
melody-line and adding new accents. Kraig McCreary - together with Jim
member of the group "Big Roy"
- performs a top-notch job with his guitar solo.
Where Or When
is a slow vocal contemplation about a possible love with Neal Alger in
a very active guitar role. Neal playing in the jazz scene of Chicago
has performed with luminaries Lin Halliday and Ron Dewar (both
saxophonists), trumpeter Ron Friedman, harmonica player Howard Levy,
and has played throughout the city with his own trio and with the band
The song Eleanor
Rigby appeared on several Beatles albums like
"Revolver", Yellow Submarine", "The Beatles
1" etc. Lisa revives this tune on her piano and Fareed
Haque (acoustic guitar) refines it in his own way to a guitar
piece of high degree.
Final tune is Daddy's
Lullaby written by B. Pollack. A sensitive fall of the
So I go back to my first question
and Lisa's answer: "It Is What It Is." Without any doubt