“She is really the great new voice of Jazz“
this is what Quincy Jones said to Sarah Lancman when she won the Grand Prix of the International Competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012.
17 gold Records, Music awards, Django d’or, Grand Prix de l’Académie du Jazz Django Reinhardt, no need to introduce the italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi.
They are now accomplices of their new album “Inspiring Love” released since November 18 whose 10 original compositions were recorded in New York, high place of this music.
“Sarah Lanchman has the purity of Julie London and the depth of Shirley Horn. She is the hope and Jazz singer we all expected “- Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of the United States of America.
Sarah was kind enough to talk to the readers-listeners of Couleurs Jazz, about this project that was particularly dear to her heart and inspired her:
As a pianist myself, I always admired and listened to his music. I had just finished my first album “Dark“. I went to greet him to show my admiration and ask him if he could listen to my album. It happened a few months later. He then asked me if I was composing, because he saw an idea of an album to come.
I sent him by MMS on the old detuned piano of my parents, a draft of my song “Inspiring Love“.
He immediately loved the song and said, “Can you write me another 10 songs like that? “Which I set out to do afterwards.We then found a producer who dropped us at the last minute. We then had the idea of crowdfunding with “Kisskissbankbank”, and success exceeded our expectations, as we were able to exceed the target of more than 120%.
Giovanni Mirabassi also taught me to “dream big, otherwise it’s not funny” as he says and so we went to record the album in New York, mythical city of Jazz and cradle of my inspirations.
We have selected a prestigious rhythm section such as Gene Jackson (drummer including Herbie Hancock Trio), Alex Sipiagin (Michael Brecker trumpeter, Dave Holland, Mingus Big Band, etc.) and double bassist Gianluca Renzi.
We picked up a song by Charles Aznavour “Who? “That we could later, make him listen. The dream went on, when I learned that he was going to do the preface of my album!
Jacques Brel says so well in his song “The Quest“: “To love, even too much, even evil, to attempt, without strength and without armor to reach the inaccessible star …»
I find it wonderful that there are magazines like Couleurs Jazz that let the new emerging artists speak.
We will be in concert at the beginning of next April for two dates (to be confirmed soon) with surprises: in particular, a special guest and new songs in preview. A tour will be announced soon.The album is of course available on all digital platforms and the best record stores.