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Weightless

Becca StevensAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • ASIN: B004OKFIOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Singer-composer-guitarist Becca Stevens has been making music for as long as she can remember. She has already won significant acclaim for her membership in Travis Sullivan s Bjorkestra and her collaborations with such esteemed musicians as Taylor Eigsti, Brad Mehldau and Eric Harland.
With the release of her Sunnyside Records debut, Weightless (April 19), Stevens, who was once described by the New York Times as a best-kept secret won t stay a secret for much longer.
On such original compositions as "Weightless," "I'll Notice," "Traveler's Blessing" and "The Riddle," Stevens' remarkable, soulful, pitch-perfect (Winston-Salem Journal) vocals communicate both immense warmth and effortless urgency, while her exquisitely crafted tunes embrace inventive acoustic textures and idiosyncratic rhythmic and melodic elements. The resulting music resists easy categorization, drawing upon elements of pop, jazz and folk without limiting itself to the rules of any particular genre.
In addition to its eight original Stevens compositions, Weightless also features a quartet of distinctive reworkings of songs by other artists. Those cover tunes The Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," Seal's "Kiss from a Rose," Animal Collective's "My Girls" and Iron & Wine's "Each Coming Night" demonstrate Becca's stylistic versatility as well as her impressive ability to find an emotional connection with material from wildly divergent sources.
Stevens, a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, met her bandmates (Liam Robinson, accordion and keys; Chris Tordini, bass; Jordan Perlson, drums and percussion) while attending the latter institution. They recorded Weightless at Manhattan s Sear Sound with veteran producer Matt Pierson (Joshua Redman, Jane Monheit and Kirk Whalum).
Stevens reflects on the creative process: "Making music is as natural as breathing for me, and just as essential. Music is an anchor in my life, one of the few constants. It allows me to express things that are beyond words and communicate on a very personal level, even to people I don't know."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely Etched, Subtle Yet Powerful Gem May 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album just keeps drawing me in each time I hear it. I love the intricate, complex arrangements and ability of this group to really feel like a band with a very singular sound, yet still accessible in the best sense. And there's a good deal of power here too-- if sometimes oblique in the presentation, and excellent quiet 'acoustic' feel too. Not many could cover The Smiths' 'There Is a Light That Never Goes Out' or Animal Collective's
'My Girls' (two of several highlights for me) and add significant, unexpected dimensions to the songs. Their own songs too have many sides, and more revealed with more listening. I love the way the guys harmonize
and 'comment' on Stevens's vocals (besides their quite inventive instrumental aplomb). While I think some may find this album too 'twee' or quiet, not me. I think this band operates really well on the border of folk, pop and jazz. In a way, they're almost like a contemporary Pentangle or Spanky and Our Gang in that regard, though of course not sounding anything like them. (Those comparisons are meant to be highly complimentary from me by the way!). And taken with their also excellent first, 'Tea Bye Sea,' Stevens and the band are creating some of the best 'uncategorizable' music around. Great stuff that may take awhile to permeate the consciousness, but well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a band! August 14, 2011
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I had no doubt, from the first time I heard this recording, that I would give it a 5-star review. My issue was: How do I label this review?

The ouerve of the c.d. is folk-jazz. Perhaps even Irish folk-jazz. At times the sound here reminds me of Delores Riordan and the Cranberries.

But it reminds me even more of Becca Stevens' friend and Sunnyside label-mate, Rebecca Martin. I thought of calling this review "The Two Rebeccas." But as gifted as the two Rebeccas are, they aren't alike, really.

I finally settled on "This is a Band!" This band is about as tight and multi-talented as it gets. The artist here is not Becca Stevens, but the Becca Stevens Band. And with keyboardist Liam Robinson (playing a raft of keyboards, including accordion and Chamberlin, as well as harmonica), bassist Chris Tordini, and percussionist Jordan Perlson all singing backup vocals, and Ms. Stevens playing guitar, ukelele and charango, the band is incredibly versatile and incredibly homogenous-sounding. For good measure, ace studio jazz guitarist Larry Campbell sits in and adds additional guitars and cittern throughout.

Here's the best thing I can say about this c.d.: I had my kids listen to cuts of it. One was astounded at the Band's cover of Seal's "Kiss From a Rose." Another was astounded at the Band's cover of the Animal Collective's (meaning Lennox, Porter & Weitz's) "My Girls." They didn't realize that these songs could be heard and played like that.

I.e., if jazz is going to last another century and not be relegated to a "music-curious art form," more young artists will have to step up and show the younger generation how the songs of their generation can be re-heard - just as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, etc., et. al. did for our parents. Becca Stevens and her Band appear to be just such young artists. RC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, unconventional, inspiring music June 12, 2011
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I first heard of Becca Stevens when I came across one of her pieces on NPR Music. I was struck by her ability to create accessible folk-pop-sounding tunes that were infused with fairly complex harmony and rhythm that seemed more in tune with contemporary jazz music than the indie-folk scene. I looked her up and found out she often performed with Gretchen Parlato, a jazz singer I'm fond of.

I've been listening to this album frequently for the past few weeks and hear something new and interesting each time. Definitely buy this if you're into musicians who are playing truly innovative yet accessible music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Kept Secrets in NYC June 15, 2011
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...but hopefully not for very much longer. She is a mega-talented singer/songwriter and deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Highly recommended album.
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