09.19.14SOLO ALBUM COMING SOON!!!!
I am excited to share my music for you with only my voice! This project, called Una, has been quite a challenge, but a fulfilling one of creativity. It has been a pleasure and a struggle to arrange my pieces that were originally composed for a 5 piece band into one instrument, my voice. Changing voice leading, rhythmic figures and finding new harmonies of each song have helped me to spiritually connect even more to my music. I found more meaning in why I originally wrote these songs. Excited to share this with world.
12.28.10All About Jazz - CD Review by Mark Turner
With the poise of an opera diva and an ability to scat like Ella Fitzgerald, New York-based singer Danielle Freeman possesses a voice that commands attention with beauty and control on her debut, Dorian. Primarily a duet recording by Freeman and acoustic bassist Matt Wigton, the recording is an austere yet scintillating showcase of voice and instrument, crossing the borders of classical music, jazz improvisation, and modern composition.
One of its more intriguing tracks, “CuCuRuCuCu Paloma," draws inspiration from unusual source material to leave a lasting impression. Written by composer/singer Tomás Méndez, the beloved Mexican folk song was first released in 1954, and has been featured in film and sung by artists including Luis Miguel, Perry Como, Harry Belafonte, and Linda Ronstadt. Yet Freeman's arrangement, with the aid of Wigton and guitarist Gilad Hekselman, is simply haunting: the bass line's metronomic heartbeat; the electric guitar's dream inducing chords; and Freeman's mesmerizing skills (lyrics sung in Spanish and her soaring voice) evoke the essence of a tale of heartbreak, longing and freedom, as the loosely translated song's prose articulate:
"Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay," he sang
"Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay," he yearned
"Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay," he sang
He was crying of deep passion
A sad dove would sing early in the morning
In front of the lonely house
They swear that the dove
Was nothing more than his soul
Waiting for her to come back.
A wonderful performance, Freeman delivers a unique rendition that is as timeless and universal as its theme.
Personnel: Danielle Freeman: vocals; Matt Wigton: acoustic bass; Gilad Hekselman: guitar.
10.19.10Official CD Release Date - October 19, 2010
Dorian is currently available as an mp3 on Itunes and Amazon.
The hard copy is available on www.cdbaby.com/cd/daniellefreeman
As well, it is also being sold at Music Matters in Brooklyn, NY:
413 7th Ave # B
Brooklyn, NY 11215-5044
Thank you for listening and your support!
09.28.10Click Right Here...For The Debut EP Album: DORIAN!!
The treble and the bass have come together in an opera-jazz fusion.
Vocalist, Danielle Freeman, and acoustic bassist, Matt Wigton, duet in the intimate debut recording titled Dorian. An explosively exposed vocal album has been brought to the table from a jazz and classical perspective. Dorian opens with an original duet specifically written for voice and bass called “Cycles (Tania and the Bear)." Two opera arias were arranged encompassing jazz harmony and improvisational space: “Music for a While" from Henry Purcell’s Oedipus and “En Vain" from George Bizet’s Carmen. Distinctively, she trades solos on Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s “Anthropology" in a playful duet. In addition, New York based Israeli guitarist, Gilad Hekselman, joins the duo on a composition titled “Lost Dorian" based on the musical Locrian mode. Mr. Hekselman is also featured in her arrangement of the beloved Mexican folk song, “CuCuRuCuCu Paloma." The album closes with a vocal jazz arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s haunting “Vocalise," a prelude to the ballad “You Go to My Head."
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I am currently working on an EP album for release later this year. It will be a truly musically intimate affair with Matt Wigton on acoustic bass and me in duet. Also appearing will be special guest guitarist, Gilad Hekselman, for a few trios.
I have posted a few "tease" tracks, if you will, of what is to come. I hope you enjoy them.