Monday, December 22, 2014

CD Review: Singer/Songwriters Quinn Tsan And Nan Roy Debut New Music Along With Jazzy Renditions From Elaine Dame

From Chicago comes singer/songwriter Quinn Tsan with her debut EP "Good Winter." The six-song release begins with the gentle story of "Sadie" as the music builds in the background to give it a 10,000 Maniacs feel. Quinn's voice is so playful during the two-plus minutes of "Good Winter," before getting deeper with the acoustic folk styling's of "Bedrooms III." The album closes with the single "Love Of A Painter," which was released earlier this year and Quinn's voice has a Jewel-like quality to it. To find out more about Quinn Tsan, please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/quinntsanmusic.

Also from Chicago comes the jazzy/cabaret feel of Elaine Dame's latest release "You're My Thrill." The album was released on December 2nd and features Elaine's renditions of pop and show tunes done in her style, lead by her warm, sultry vocals. The twelve song release begins with the title song that fully captures the mood of the album with it's quiet moments and big finishes. She looks to channel Ethel Merman with the gentle feel of "They Say It's Wonderful" from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." Elaine Dame picks up the jazzy tempo with a cover of Barbara Streisand's "I'm All Smiles," while the five minute "Sugar" is highlighted by the saxophone solo from Chris Madsen. Pianist Dennis Luxion tickles the keys on "All I Want" as Elaine's scat vocals are a welcome inclusion. The album closes with the Richard Thompson-penned blues of "The Dimming Of The Day" that welcomes vocalist Paul Marinaro on harmonies during the chorus as Elaine's vocals soar. To find out more about Elaine Dame and her new album "You're My Thrill," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/elainedameyouremythrill.

Connecticut native Nan Roy recently release her fist solo project entitled "Tiny Tigers." Nan handles the guitars, keyboards and vocals on this new four song album and receives help on percussion from Dan Mitchell. The album leads off with "I'm Alive" about abandonment and survival as Nan's vocal delivery reflects the mood of the lyrics. Her voice sounds so pure and innocent in "Dewy," before closing with the folk/pop strumming of "In The Window" as Nan Roy will continue to grow as an artist. To find out more about Nan Roy, please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/nanroymusic.

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