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Calling Card

Calling Card

  • Door Bob Fraser
  • Release 9-6-2009
  • Muziekgenre Jazz
  • Media-indeling CD
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Bob Fraser and Ki Allen knew they'd struck a special spark when they first played together in the early '90s at Club Isabella in University Circle. "Bob is magical," Ki says. "Bob and I need no discussions as to how we will begin or end a tune." "With Ki, it is always an adventure to play a tune," says Bob, who fell in love with the guitar at age 8 when he first heard Les Paul, Andres Segovia and Tal Farlow. "I have the freedom to try a different approach on a song. Ki is very flexible and will adapt to the new idea immediately. Ki can sing any tune in any key." "Singing with Bob is like being transformed to an instrument," says Ki. "Bob is a brilliant guitarist. His music supports each note that I sing. He is a singer's dream." Bob and Ki have just released "Calling Card," their debut CD. It speaks to their empathy for each other and their comprehension of the Great American Songbook. It also speaks to Ki's growing talent as a composer, in the sweet tune "Nonetheless" (with a nod to Ki's mother for the lyrics). What it speaks most deeply to is the rich experience each brings to this superlative joint effort. "When I was an 8-year-old," Ki recalls, "nothing in the world mattered to me but singing and music." She was exposed to jazz, blues, classical, country, rock 'n' roll, r & b, pop-you name it. She began singing with her two sisters, imitating the Supremes. She has always been encouraged by her mother, too. "My mother introduced me to music by Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Barbara Streisand, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Sarah Vaughn," she says. Ki brings all those influences and more to bear on her unique style. She has performed at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, at the Tri-C Jazz Fest, at Cleveland State University, at clubs throughout northeastern Ohio, with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and at Oberlin University. Among the musicians she has worked with: the late-lamented pianists Carl "Ace" Carter and Neal Creque, the celebrated current pianists Drene Ivy, Jackie Warren, bassist Peter Dominguez, drummers Ron Godale and Paul Samuels, and guitarist Bobby Ferrazza. And Bob Fraser, a more academic kind of guy. A 1964 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, Fraser is an adjunct faculty member at Case, the University of Akron, Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College. He plays in the theater orchestras of the State, Hanna, Palace, and Music Hall downtown, and worked the Front Row, the late-lamented theater-in-the-round in Highland Heights. Fraser has lent his singular styling's to performances by Maria Schneider, Pat Pace, Grover Washington, Howie Smith, Ernie Krivda, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Ray Parker and Dominick Farinacci. The go-to guitarist in Cleveland, he's a member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. His experience spans work with the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Youngstown thrush Maureen McGovern, on "The Morning After," the biggest pop hit to ever come out of Cleveland. And he played electric guitar with the Cleveland Orchestra when Pierre Boulez conducted a program including a piece by Leonard Bernstein. The first time he heard live jazz was at the Modern Jazz Room on East 4th Street in Cleveland. It was probably 1957. The attraction was Lionel Hampton. Fraser has all kinds of history. He did a lot of work on jingles in the '60s and '70s, incorporating electric bass into his skill set. "The legit bass players who could read did not want to play the electric bass and the rock players couldn't read," he says. "Good opportunity for me to step in." Fraser is versatile for sure. As is Ki, who can rock and sing the blues, too. Let's hope "Calling Card" is the first of many collaborations. It definitely documents the magical way Bob and Ki make music together. Credit their diverse experience and a singular chemistry. By Carlo Wolff - Author of "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories"

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Kunstenaar: Bob Fraser
Titel: Calling Card
Genre: Jazz
Releasedatum: 9-6-2009
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501143721