Kinda Blue

Anita Wardell

Writing about Wardell's “Noted” album, the Observer Review stated that, "The audacity and sheer cleverness of these vocal performances generate a special kind of euphoria and this is where Wardell succeeds brilliantly."  

There seemed little point in immediately following up with a similar kind of album, so Anita decided that she would take a different approach.  Instead of focusing on a particular style of singing, she instead examined the word “blue” and its many musical connotations for her second Specific Jazz album, recorded by Paul Riley and produced by Malcolm Mills.

These pieces were carefully chosen to showcase Anita's exceptional ability to make a song her own while respectfully retaining the inherent spirit of the originals.  For example, on "Loose Bloose" she was able to take Jim Hall's guitar solo and put lyrics to it.  For Anita, being able to connect to the music in that way, as it first appeared on record years ago, was an important part her approach to the material.  She particularly wanted the album to have a theme running through it, taking her cues from the blues as an overall idea, rather than as a strict musical form.  

"The pieces aren’t exactly blues…they’re just Kinda Blue," Wardell adds.

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Writing about Wardell's “Noted” album, the Observer Review stated that, "The audacity and sheer cleverness of these vocal performances generate a special kind of euphoria and this is where Wardell succeeds brilliantly."  

There seemed little point in immediately following up with a similar kind of album, so Anita decided that she would take a different approach.  Instead of focusing on a particular style of singing, she instead examined the word “blue” and its many musical connotations for her second Specific Jazz album, recorded by Paul Riley and produced by Malcolm Mills.

These pieces were carefully chosen to showcase Anita's exceptional ability to make a song her own while respectfully retaining the inherent spirit of the originals.  For example, on "Loose Bloose" she was able to take Jim Hall's guitar solo and put lyrics to it.  For Anita, being able to connect to the music in that way, as it first appeared on record years ago, was an important part her approach to the material.  She particularly wanted the album to have a theme running through it, taking her cues from the blues as an overall idea, rather than as a strict musical form.  

"The pieces aren’t exactly blues…they’re just Kinda Blue," Wardell adds.

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