Sarah Partridge

Bright Lights and Promises: Redefining Janis Ian

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Partridge consistently stretches both herself and the music (and) it would not be surprising if a few of her songs became standards...
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Vocalist Sarah Partridge reimagines a collection of songs by the famed folk artist, Janis Ian, whose hits "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" have resonated with listeners for many decades. Long respecting Ian's musically and lyrically rich body of work, Partridge saw evidence of jazz roots in much of her writing and, along with arranger Allen Farnham, created inspired paths to presenting the songs in a jazz environment. The album contains thirteen selections both old and new, popular and unheard, dating from the late 1960's to the present, including two new originals co-written by Partridge and Ian - "Somebody's Child," and "A Quarter Past Heartache," which features them both on vocals.


Track Listing:

1 A Quarter Past Heartache 4:16
2 Tattoo 4:36
3 Society's Child 6:06
4 Forever and a Day 4:33
5 Calling Your Name 4:14
6 At Seventeen 5:52
7 Belle of the Blues 5:26
8 Matthew 6:35
9 Silly Habits 4:03
10 Somebody's Child 3:59
11 Bright Lights & Promises 5:32
12 Orphan of the Wind 5:35
13 I'm Still Standing 4:14

Performers:

SARAH PARTRIDGE - vocals
JANIS IAN - vocals (1)
ALLEN FARNHAM - piano
BILL MORING - bass
TIM HORNER - drums, percussion
SCOTT ROBINSON - tenor & soprano saxophones,
flute, clarinet
BEN WILLIAMS - trombone
PAUL MEYERS - acoustic guitar
BEN STEIN - electric guitar

Production Info:

All music and lyrics by Janis Ian, except: "A Quarter Past Heartache" &
"Somebody's Child," written by Janis Ian & Sarah Partridge
Arranged by Allen Farnham, except (1,6) arranged by Tim Horner

Produced by Allen Farnham, Co-Produced by Sarah Partridge
Associate Producers: Bill Moring & Tim Horner
Recorded & mixed by Chris Sulit at Trading 8s Recording Studio, Paramus, NJ
August 18 & 19, 2016
Mastered by Alan Silverman. ARF! Mastering. New York, NY
Cover photos by Chris Drukker
Session photos by Chris Drukker & Gary Stein
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Bright Lights and Promises: Redefining Janis Ian

All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
5-STARS How did nobody think to go here before? With a glut of fine Joni Mitchell tributes on the market and a couple of engrossing Laura Nyro nods out there, how is it that no creative spirits in the jazz or cabaret camps thought to make the full-on jump to Janis Ian before now? Hearing Sarah Partridge dig into Ian's body of work makes this conc ...

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
If Partridge wasn't the art chick with loads extra, we'd have to be scratching our heads wondering why a jazz tribute to Janis Ian. Well, Partridge brings in Allen Farnham to help with the music and brings in Ian herself to co-write some new ones. Take that homage makers! Long after you've taken Ian for granted, this revival does more than pump ...

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