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"This is one very interesting CD, and will be appreciated by those who are lovers of the arts, spoken word, jazz, or that which is different, but in a good way. Let an open mind guide you through this journey, and you might just be astonished at how nice and reflective this vibe can be."
~ Michele Wilson-Morris, The Entertainment Bank
Eclectic, sensual and spiritual musical poetry: Jazzoetry at its finest level – each piece a soulful dialogue between the artist’s narrative and the musician’s improvisational talents.
During the Hours is the debut album of the London-born lyricist and songwriter Frances Livings and features three of her previously unpublished poems.
The multi-faceted artist, who wrote, recited and produced the album, has written in many genres, including an impressive thesis earning her a PhD in art history. Her first solo CD was released worldwide by the independent record label Moontraxx on January 1, 2010. This date not only marks the beginning of a new decade but also addresses a still somewhat exotic genre, best described as “Jazzoetry” or simply musical poetry.
The recording sessions took place in November 2009 at the studio of Nolan Shaheed in Pasadena and were produced by the artist herself and the composer, producer and guitarist Greg Porée.
Frances hand picked three of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians to support and interpret the atmosphere of each piece. Her goal was to capture complete performances rather than the usual studio procedure of assembling tracks for overdubbing and editing.
The musicians had not heard the poems prior to their studio arrival and were asked to respond as if they were at a live jazz gig, improvising on the spot. Each piece was recorded live, with the individual instrument in dialogue with Frances’ recital of the poem: The atmosphere was electric and invariably her concept was achieved within two to three takes.