Mai-Liis

Mai-Liis On Life

OA2 22188

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Mai-Liis has an ability to take life experiences familiar to all and tell them in a musically fresh and honest way, resulting in uniquely crafted songs brought to life by a great set of players.
Greta Matassa

With many years working between Seattle & Vancouver, BC as a performer, sommelier, and equestrian, it was through her return to writing over the last 4 years that inspired Mai-Liis ('My-Lease') in discovering her broader voice. Working with Seattle pianist & arranger, Darin Clendenin, her words found their musical context, and with the production help of her friend and mentor, jazz vocalist Greta Matassa, Mai-Liis now presents her debut as a songwriter and vocalist. With her lyrics and voice offering an honesty and intimacy to life experiences, her songs, such as the grooving "Distance Man," the haunting bolero-esque ballad "Fait Accompli," or the blues, "Carnage in Your Wake (A Love Song)," all create worlds that are readily identifiable and relatable. Featured on Mai-Liis On Life are trumpeter Charlie Porter, saxophonist Cory Weeds, guitarist Brian Monroney, and the rhythm section of  Clendenin, bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester.


Track Listing:

1 Unicorns and Innocence 4:52
2 Distance Man 3:38
3 To Whom it May Concern 3:27
4 Fait Accompli 5:04
5 Oh Well 3:45
6 My Eyes of Yesterday 3:39
7 Carnage in Your Wake (A Love Song) 3:58
8 Sister Child 3:21
9 Number 9 3:12
10 Jilted Woman 4:05

Lyrics by: Mai-Liis
Music by: Mai-Liis & Darin Clendenin

Performers:

Mai-Liis - vocals
Darin Clendenin - piano
Clipper Anderson - bass
Mark Ivester - drums, perc, doumbek (10)
Brian Monroney - guitar (2,7)
Charlie Porter - trumpet (4,10)
Cory Weeds - alto & tenor sax (3,6,7)
David Lange - accordion (5)

Production Info:

Produced by Greta Matassa
Recorded & mixed by David Lange at
David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
September 2019-July 2020
Mastered by Ross Nyberg,
Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah, WA
Photography by Steve Korn
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Mai-Liis On Life

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
If Elizabeth Gilbert wanted to be a jazzbo, the results might have been something like what we have here. Coming into her own after years of stops and starts, Mai-Liis isn't a thrush or a cabaret type mainly using jazz to give her voice a voice. It's jazz for women of a certain age that want to hear a voice that knows what they are thinking. ...









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