JUNE BISANTZ
It's Always You
(June Bisantz Music)

 

Diving deep into the songbook of American jazz trumpet and vocal legend Chet Baker, singer June Bisantz released her album It’s Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2 in 2015. Backed up by a fine band and tasty string players, including Alex Nakhimovsky (piano), Norman Johnson (guitar), Ben Belillo (drums) and others, June uses her cool, well-paced jazz voice in the spirit of Astrid Gilberto and in doing so, she’s been called a modern day jazz chanteuse. Baker recorded much of his music in the 1950s and 1960s and he was also acclaimed as a singer and songwriter who covered music by legends like Mel Torme, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter and more. Ms. Bisantz' second Baker tribute album, It’s Always You also features a Baker original called "I Know That I'll Lose You". Speaking to mwe3.com about her latest Chet Baker tribute CD, June explains, 'When I recorded the first Chet Baker Project CD, my goal was to learn something new about singing. I found something of myself - as yet unexpressed - in Chet's quiet, effortless singing style, and I studied him for quite a while before going into the studio. I loved what I learned from the process, and I just wasn’t finished,' adding 'I’ve been lucky with this project. Chet Baker fans have embraced both CDs, and reviewers have said very nice things - for which I am extremely grateful. People seem to understand what I’m trying to do, which for an artist is a rare and wonderful thing!' Despite living a hard and tragic life, having passed away in 1988, Chet Baker’s musical legacy lives on with the June Bisantz album release of It’s Always You. www.JuneBisantz.com



 

mwe3.com presents an interview with
JUNE BISANTZ

mwe3: How would you compare your two Chet Baker tribute albums, the first one Let's Fall In Love (from 2005) and volume two, It's Always You?

June Bisantz: When I recorded the first Chet Baker Project CD, my goal was to learn something new about singing. I found something of myself - as yet unexpressed - in Chet's quiet, effortless singing style, and I studied him for quite a while before going into the studio. I loved what I learned from the process, and I just wasn’t finished. I tried to move on to another project, but I kept getting pulled back and eventually I gave in and we did Volume 2 . “It’s Always You” gave me an opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known Baker tunes, some with unexpected instrumentation - like the celeste in “My Ideal”, or the piano, guitar, voice trio of “Everything Depends On You” and “Born to be Blue". Most of all it gave me the opportunity to continue working with Chet Baker as a musical mentor. I worked with the same musicians on both CDs,and we have now achieved a nice cool-jazz Chet Baker-ness together.

mwe3: What's been the reaction from Chet's fans to your tribute albums and can you tell us something about the cool CD cover art for the It's Always You album?

June Bisantz: I’ve been lucky with this project. Chet Baker fans have embraced both CDs, and reviewers have said very nice things - for which I am extremely grateful. People seem to understand what I’m trying to do, which for an artist is a rare and wonderful thing! As you know, the CD cover is a famous photo of Chet Baker in the studio, with me photo-shopped into the scene. In order to use that photo, taken by Bob Willoughby, I had to contact both Bob Willoughby’s and Chet Baker’s sons for permission. I sent them the recording along with the image as I wanted to use it, and they were both very gracious and enthusiastic about the music... and the image. I took that as a huge compliment and endorsement of the project!

mwe3: What do you have planned musically moving forward?

June Bisantz
: We're starting to work on something new. I want to put what I’ve learned from the Chet Baker Project into a different musical context and see what happens. I’ve been collaborating with my dear friend, piano player/arranger Alex Nakhimovsky on some original tunes - Brazilian in style. I haven’t written with anyone in quite a while, so this feels very exciting, and a tiny bit intimidating at times. But it’s a lot of fun. Alex is amazingly talented... a brilliant player, and a brilliant person and I love what he’s coming up with. We’re talking about going into the studio sometime this winter but I’ve learned it’s not wise to plan too much while the creative work is still gathering momentum. You simply don’t know where it will lead you!





 

 
   
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