Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kind of Jazz is Kind of Good

New Review
Norine Braun is a rare artistic talent from Vancouver, British Columbia. Going back to her 1996 release, “Modern Anguish”, Ms. Braun has continued to release highly  polished albums flirting with many different genres, performing them all with a style not heard in most independent artists. She has dabbled in blues, folk, Americana, pop and her latest release “Kind of Jazz” is reminiscent of the heyday of the genre in the 1940’s and 50’s when the likes of Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald ruled the street. The record evokes the smoky jazz clubs of the era when the finest and most creative artists of the age played small clubs and venues in New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.

Norine’s songwriting skills are exceptional and her voice has the sultry quality so necessary to carry off songs in this oeuvre. Make no mistake, this record evokes a bygone time but is fully rooted in today’s music. It is one of the few modern jazz records I have heard that does not sound forced or fake in some way. Ms. Braun slides from one style to another as easily as a chameleon changes his colors. Braun has been compared to KD Lang, Melissa Etheridge and Stevie Nicks but on this release, this reviewer hears more Tracy Thorn of Everything but the Girl, Ricki Lee Jones and Sade than the aforementioned divas.  

The album’s production is first class all the way and the arrangements show off Braun’s skill as a singer to great effect. Fans of folk and pop will find much to like here, as well as jazz aficionados. The entire album is notable and the first three tracks, ‘Crystallize’, ‘The Perfect Love Affair’, and ‘Tips and Not Trouble’ are all breakout compositions. Norine Braun has hit her stride with this April 2015 release and is surely an artist to watch in the coming years.
Rob Penland The Mad Music Asylum

Friday, May 01, 2015

Norine Braun – Some Smooth Jazz Sounds For Your Weekend by Indiebandguru REVIEW

New Digital Release!

Norine Braun – Some Smooth Jazz Sounds For Your Weekend by Indiebandguru

We have talked recently about using music to change your mood and put you in the right mindset for what you need to accomplish.  After a rather rough week needing some high tempo music to keep the motor going we have finally reached Friday and can use some sounds to soothe the mind and soul.  Luckily we came across Norine Braun just in time.
Norine Braun
The singer songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia crafts a sound with a wide array of musical elements.  Norine’s distinctive sound has been featured on her full catalog of 9 albums.  There has been blues, roots, rock, and some americana shared throughout and she has earned some high recognition such as winning the Jazz Female singer/songwriter of the year award at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Last week Norine Braun released a new record Kind Of Jazz.  The 11 song collection brings the soft jazz and mellow stylings of her past records to one complete easy listening set.  Album opener “Crystalize” showcases many of these talents.  There is a beauty to the sound with Norine’s vocals playing with your emotions in a imaginative way.  The full soft Jazz vibe is featured on “Tips And Not Trouble”.  The silky vocals can put anyone in a relaxed mood.  “Paint” continue this trend.  The standout track “Gently” is a funky little number with some interesting slap bass sounds to speed up the heart rate while remaining super smooth.  The mind relaxing vibe moves forward all the way to closer “Skylight” with its Jazz piano based sound accompanying more of Norine Braun’s beautiful vocals.  We can all use an album like this heading into the weekend.  Listen for yourself at:

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