The highly prolific and remarkably talented duo of Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Rachel Eckroth (Rufus Wainwright, Chris Botti, KT Tunstall) have been releasing a slew of new music since the beginning of 2020, most of which is available on their Patreon page. Spanning many genres while utilizing heavy experimentation and effect-driven frequencies in their songwriting, the pair have stripped down their sound for their latest release of jazz standards, The Blackbird Sessions Vol. 1.
With Lefebvre on upright and Eckroth on piano and providing beautiful vocals, the couple take on seven jazz classics including "Mood Indigo," "Body and Soul," and "You've Changed," among others. They're joined by special guest David Garza (Fiona Apple), who plays acoustic guitar on "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Fly Me To The Moon." Mixed and mastered by Dennis Moody and engineered by Lefebvre and Craig Schumacher, this album is a must-listen for longtime fans of jazz, or those who want to dip their toes into the genre for the first time. While countless artists have recorded these tunes before them, Lefebvre and Eckroth shed a new light on the material, displaying both their mastery as musicians and their tastefulness in utilizing subtlety and nuance. And from a bass standpoint, the album serves as a masterclass on tone, articulation, soloing, rhythm, and melody.
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