Gabrielle Agachiko makes original and familiar jazz and torch songs absolutely
real, singing them with a soulful but focused sound, without frills, and cutting
to the emotional core of every number.
Includes Love Isn t Easy, with Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke.
Debut as a leader by the vocalist, a veteran of the Boston music scene whose
early 90s band Atom Said was broken up when David Bowie hired guitarist
Reeves Gabrells away to form Tin Machine.
Six-piece band features Grammy®-nominated Either/Orchestra leader Russ
Gershon, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble leader Ken Field, and seasoned
playing from a veteran crew.
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If you buy the record with those expectations, you will not be disappointed.
But if you stop listening there, you are cheating yourself. Because this is more than that. The standards on this record are no mere reworkings, and the originals are accessible but very very new.
In "Unlovable," for instance, Gabrielle speaks to the near universal female experience of rejection - the not-enough-ness, the words that actually get spoken to us by others and that we adopt as our own inner scolds. Quiet, deep, and perfectly complemented by a melody that goes to interesting places, the song never wallows and ultimately ends in accountability and hope - and there is wisdom in the hope. These are the songs of a grown up woman.
These are authentic, emotional renderings that leave you wiser and more openhearted for having listened to them. Technically brilliant. And also deeply true.