Arlene Smith Trio

Sat. May 27th, 2017
at Home Smith Jazz Bar

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Arlene Smith by Marie Beyers

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Two For The Road

Track List – Click play buttons to hear samples

‘Two For The Road’ is the latest CD release for long time Jazz Vocalist Arlene Smith. As the name suggests, this outing is presented as a duel effort combining Arlene’s unique vocal talents with the equally accomplished piano accompaniment of Mark Eisenman.

For quite some time I have wanted to record a duo CD – particularly in a relaxed setting – without the restrictions and pressures of a large recording studio. The opportunity arose when John & Patti Loach invited me to their studio – Exactly what I wanted – two musicians/friends who wanted to record some tracks in an intimate way reminiscent of another era; before the trickery of reverb, voiceovers and technicians perfecting each and every note.

Many of these tracks were done in one take – allowing us the freedom of a bended note or an unrehearsed ending. My honesty is in the interpretation of a lyric. Telling the story like it is has always been what I strive to do.

Mark and I have always worked well together. In addition to his exceptional musical abilities as a soloist and teacher, he is a gifted accompanist – most important to a singer – gave me the ‘wings to fly’. We surprised ourselves, had some joyful moments, a few good laughs and I got to sing my heart out on some of my favourite songs !

Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

~ Arlene Smith