As You Spend Your Life
"As You Spend Your Life" is a look into the heart, home and essence of Chicago singer-songwriter Joanie Pallatto. This recording is an evolution of all of her life's passions, creating new songs that identify her unique and modern vision. These are "Pop Songs with a Jazz Sensibility." Pallatto has enlisted her usual cohorts, musicians that raise the bar in any recording project. You'll hear guitar giant Fareed Haque, harmonica master and pianist Howard Levy, and a special feature with jazz legend, pianist and singer Bob Dorough on the great Frank Foster tune, 'Simone" - (with new lyrics by Pallatto.) You'll also hear Bradley Parker-Sparrow, Dave Onderdonk, Eric Hochberg, Michael Raynor, Alex Austin, Greg Fundis, Jason Smart and Larry Gray with vocalists April Aloisio, Nanette Frank, Diane Madison, and Teresa Davis! Liner Notes by Katerina: Listening to a new song and recognizing that your emotions have responded is one thing. Actually sitting down to write a detailed account of what your emotions have recognized is another story. To write an artist's liner notes is a gambler's venture . . . Actually, it is the artist who is the gambler. It is the artist who travels life's mornings and nights with dice in pocket. It's a numbers game - Melody, Lyric, Arrangement. Of course it is . . . 'Will they like it, or not. Will they 'get it', or not. Will they care, or not. Will the melody move them, or not. Am I ready to share this, or not.' Every waking reality, every sleeping dream - waits for the artist's dice to fall where they may. For musician, singer, composer & arranger Joanie Pallatto, the dice have fallen across the worthy gravel of many genres. This album comes at a time in Pallatto's life - a time when this 'downright iconoclastic' artist (DownBeat) might be reflecting on a lifetime: Reflections of one's life expressed in avant-garde, Scat in jazz, Nostalgia - "Into The Looking Glass" - reminiscent of the Bacharach of the 70s, A walk on a rainy afternoon in Paris (Howard Levy's subtle, romantic harmonica), Bob Dorough's uber-cool phrasing, Dave Onderdonk's beauty in the bare, comforting resignation found in the chord changes of Pallatto's words - "We Got It", Fareed Haque's expansive harmonic treatment of the lyric on "And He's Growing Old" truly becomes the protagonist's melancholy; it evokes that timeless beauty found in music held dearest to one's heart. Sparrow's piano speaks in many voices. His playing travels to far away places & returns with even more stories to tell. And a cool & sexy Jamaican-Costa Rican number ("Playa Bonita") where "Roy Ayers meets Grace Jones" harmonies conjure up images of cool dudes in cool hats & beautiful women with smooth island cleavage swaying in harmony . . . Joanie Pallatto has always had an affinity with harmony in music. On this album, she gives us the playful, the cool, the nostalgic: all in harmony, all in 'As You Spend Your Life'. - Katerina Carson club owner, Katerina's - an eclectic club with it's soul in the arts, Chicago.