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Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men



Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men - Live in Sante Fe - 2005 - Bernadette Seacrest


"Live in Santa Fe" magically captures the smoke filled room acoustics of a sold out live performance" © http://www.bernadetteseacrest.com/

Bernadette Seacrest’s Live album was recorded in 2005 in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The disc holds a similar jazz sound to Seacrest’s studio release, No More Music By The Suckers, and is again overflowing with classic covers. I prefer the studio album’s sassy style and focus on Bernadette’s voice rather than the subdued band jamming live set, but it’s worth it for gems like “Summertime”, “When The Sun Comes”, and “Fever”. After a lengthy instrumental intro, Bernadette’s warm and trembling voice slinks into “Summertime” and “Nobody’s Cryin’”. Bernadette keeps the spotlight on the low key “So Cruel”, and the sultry pairing of “When The Sun Comes” and “Fever”. The band unfortunately takes over on several tunes, beginning with the cover of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”. If you favor jazz instrumentalists to vocalists, you’ll probably enjoy their playing time. But I found myself waiting impatiently through the jams for Bernadette to resume singing. The disc includes four bonus tracks – the swaying “Wrong Turn”, an alternate take on “Money”, the brassy “Man’s Ruin”, and the quiet finale “Rain”. © 2011 Muruch http://www.muruch.com/2007/11/bernadette-seacrest-her-yes-men-live.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+muruch+%28Muruch%29

“With an approach that’s sassy, sexy and a little sinister, Seacrest conjures a timeless noir world with her voice, inhabiting songs obsessed with shame, lust, anger, fear, booze, murder and betrayal. Coming from her, it all sounds like something worth trying.” © Mel Minter, Crosswinds Weekly

Terrific smoky cafe jazz blues from the great vocalist Bernadette Seacrest and her band which includes the brilliant Michael Grimes on double bass, guitar, organ, and melodica. Michael also composed five of the album tracks. This album is VHR by A.O.O.F.C. [ All tracks @ 160 Kbps: File size = 80.3 Mb ]. Check out Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men's first album "No More Music by the Suckers"

N.B: Many thanks to my friend Wolf, for introducing this lady's music to me - A.O.O.F.C

TRACKS

1 Summertime - 5:54
2 Nobody's Cryin' - 5:13
3 Caravan - 5:35
4 So Cruel - 4:19
5 Early in the Morning - 5:49
6 Temptation - 3:12
7 Smokin' Cigars - 4:55
8 Tango - 4:31
9 Money - 5:15
10 When the Sun Comes - 4:30
11 Fever - 5:00
12 Wrong Turn (Studio Version) - 5:08
13 Money (Studio Version) - 4:30
14 Man's Ruin (Studio Version) - 3:44
15 Rain (Studio Version) - 2:47

Track 1 composed by DuBose Heyward & Ira Gershwin: Tracks 2,5, & 10 composed by Pat Bova: Track 3 composed by Duke Ellington & Juan Tizol: Tracks 4,6,7,8,& 9 composed by Michael Grimes: Track 11 composed by Eddie Cooley & John Davenport

MUSICIANS

Bernadette Seacrest - Vocals
Michael Grimes - Double Bass, Guitar, Organ, Melodica
Jason Aspeslet - Drums, Percussion
Aaron Cummings - Saxophones, Clarinet
Noah Thomas - Trumpet on Tracks 12,13, & 14

BIO

Bernadette’s creative path reads like the back story to a mid-century Hollywood heroine: Ballerina, Beautician, Hell Kitten, Sultry Chanteuse. She spent her childhood in California where she studied classical dance with the renowned Los Angeles Ballet and American Ballet Theatre until an injury drove her love of drag and pageantry north east and underground. Coming of age amidst the gutter glam and jewel toned ink of New York’s early 80’s street punk scene the ballerina scraped by as a sometimes fetish model, makeup artist and clothing designer for the iconic clothing/shoe company Nana. In 1993 Bernadette Seacrest declared Albuquerque home and in 2001 made her musical debut with one of the hottest roots rockabilly bands in the Southwest, the Long Goners. Working closely with Pat Bova, the band’s brilliant singer-songwriter, she belted out rebellious anthems in the style of Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson. They played out for two years, grabbing audiences by the collar and dragging them to their feet with performances that never failed to blow the lid off the ballroom. Bernadette, with the Long Goners, shared the stage with Hank Williams III, Jonathan Richman, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rockin’ Lloydd Tripp, Al Foul and the Shakes, Tom Walbank and Spo-dee-odee. 2003 found the burgeoning chanteuse ready to wrap her voice around the more complex musical terrain of jazz. She collaborated with acclaimed bassist and composer David Parlato for a year before forming a new band- Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men- with bass player/song writer extraordinaire Michael Grimes. The combo’s first album “No More Music by the Suckers” was released in 2004 and features desire drenched jazz standards as well as original songs by Grimes and former band mate Bova. Swing City Magazine wrote that the album was “… not an attempt for a one time rockabilly kitten to break into the modern day jazz scene but an attempt to break the mold, an endeavor she unconsciously accomplishes.” Their second album, “Live in Santa Fe” was released in 2005 and magically captures the smoke filled room acoustics of a sold out live performance. Bernadette has toured extensively and played to packed audiences across the U.S. and France. She and her Yes Men have been featured on NPR and shared the stage with: Samarabalouf, Mat Firehair & the Imperators of Kool, El Senor Igor, Devil Doll and The Glenn Koster Trio. In 2006 Bernadette followed her heart to Atlanta where she is currently working on a new project, “Bernadette Seacrest and Her Provocateurs” with guitarist Charles Williams and bassist Kris Dale. The trio recently released an EP premiering several new songs, written by Williams, that infuse Ms Seacrest’s signature dark vintage jazz sound with a deep south hue. The mood remains raw and sparse, allowing each musician’s considerable talent to shine through. Bernadette and her boys are planning a tour this summer so stay tuned for dates and venues! written by & © Gwyneth Doland and Tracy Terrill Source: http://www.bernadetteseacrest.com/

13 comments:

A.O.O.F.C said...

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Eric said...

I looked @ this title quick and I thought it said "and her ass men". lol

Must be from all those viewings of Seinfeld I watched throughout the yrs. :P

A.O.O.F.C said...

No probs, Eric! You're getting it confused with that Lady Gaga DVD you can't stop looking at! lol! Never saw Seinfeld. Fawlty Towers is my fav!...TTU soon, E....P

vali_nash said...

You should try to watch Seinfeld, it's hilarious! Serenity now!

Farmer Allan said...

Hey, thanks for your neverending good work and your great taste!!

Eric said...

@ Lol, Yeah Do-Do's "talent" is SO overwhelming I am dumbstruck.
I mean she/he? is doing TOTALLY new things never seen or heard before.
I am just so awestruck!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, vali_nash! I'll check it out. God knows, we could all do with a laugh in these times! Thanks, & TTU soon...P

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Farmer Allan. Just checking out your blog...Love your writing. Keep it updated. It's well worth checking out. There's a blog called Keep The Coffee Coming which I regularly check out. Have a look at it. A beautiful lady called Kat runs it, and her writing is also beautiful. Thanks for your kind words, and I'm sure you carry out plenty of good work too. Keep in touch....P

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers, Eric! I knew you liked that dame and her "music"...Totally original, and innovative. I always felt a new talent would arrive to bring us such divine and creative "music". Sho' nuff, along comes Gaga the musical Messiah-ess. I'm a vegetarian myself, but my dog loves her! lol

Eric said...

@ Paul, hehe.
This is great "Gaga the musical Messiah-ess. I'm a vegetarian myself, but my dog loves her!"

More like "Cat food,cat food,cat food not even fit for a horse!" :P

Btw - Love Fawlty Towers,they've been airing them here again in my neck of the woods on late night tv.
Love the Brit shows,always have seen i was a kid.

Have you ever seen "The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin"?

If not I think you'd love it.
Very sarcastic ,witty humor.
A fave of mine.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Definitely a legend in her own lunchtime (ham sandwiches I presume). Love Reggie Perrin. Leonard Rossiter was also brilliant in Rising Damp. I love all the Monty Python stuff, especially Life Of Brian. The last US comedy I liked was Sgt. Bilko, M*A*S*H, Get Smart, the old stuff. I just don't watch Friend, Cheers, or any of that stuff. I like stuff with real humour. (Just my opinion). Jools Holland does a great late night music show. Donald Fagen appeared on his BBC show many years ago. I still haven't seen the clip. Anyway, gimme my MP3 player anyday. Gotta go, Eric. Here's my sad old canine Ol' Shep coming with Born This Way in his mouth. I thought dogs were smart! lol TTU soon, Eric...P

bernadette said...

you are such a lambchop! it's always such a treat to come on the interweb and find kind words written about the stuff i do. here's a link to a new music video i did, for your viewing pleasure!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n06QFYGOLvs

big kisses!
b

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,b! You're making me hungry! Thanks for link. I'm always happy to promote good music. Smackeroos 2U2 and keep in touch...P