There is a magic in Lovers After All which takes you on a tantalizing musical journey through the exquisite vocal talents of Deborah Winters. She can reach a persons core with her heartfelt renditions on every ballad and will energize you in her upbeat performances as well. In this recording with Arranger/Producer Peter Welker, Deborah brings interpretations of jazz based songs into present day with a fresh twist and style resulting in a purely accessible listening experience.
Deborah Winters, vocal Peter Welker, trumpet/flugelhorn Doug Morton, trumpet Scott Whitfield, trombone Fred Lipsius, alto sax Andrew Speight, alto sax Charlie McCarthy, alto/tenor sax Rob Roth, tenor sax Scott Petersen, bari sax Dave Mathews, piano Mark Levine, piano Randy Vincent, guitar Garth Webber, guitar Chris Amberger, acoustic bass Tim Haggerty, electric bass Celso Alberti, drums Kevin Dillon, drums Kendrick Freeman, drums James Preston, drums Pete Levin, string arrangements
Hold it! Don't skip any track on this tantalizing Jazz journey. It's a winning recording not to be missed. Vocalist Deborah Winters and arranger Peter Welker embody the jazz soul of their tight collaboration - a truly ideal partnership. Deborah's fresh interpretations and voice, Peter's bright creative arrangements and feature solos calculated against the charts are executed with melodic clarity and high caloric energy.
I strongly suggest checking out the first two or three selections promptly to sense the core of the music. Dig the whole band's deep passion - the inner ferment explosions. You can easily perceive how Deborah's singing reflects the seductive logic and artistry of jazz. As legendary jazz pianist Errol Garner once said: "Playing is like life…either you feel it or you don't."
In the tradition of telling stories via singing jazz, Deborah personifies her stories with inward feeling and jazz attitude. She evokes traces of Billie Holiday, the supreme storytelling female jazz vocalist. A Deborah imperative is the premium value of featuring the melody…"I want to tell a story - the lyrical content - and be able to stretch out harmonically and be adventuresome while staying true to the melody." Deborah is clearly a proponent of elasticity and daring.
There is, in my view, a connection to Aristotle's reference to art. He wrote: "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance."
No wonder Deborah Winters and the Peter Welker band breathe as one!