Thursday, April 06, 2017


Call It Magic is the fourth album from Chicago vocalist and educator Typhanie Monique. It is a long-awaited project that finds her channeling the passions, frustrations and complexities of love into a work of shimmering beauty. It is her most ambitious recording to date.
 It features her current quartet - pianist Ben Lewis, bassist Josh Ramos, drummers Dana Hall and Greg Arty - with special guests, clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Victor Goines, organist Tony Monaco and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. Call It Magic was produced by Jeff Levenson.
 And though Monique surveys standards familiar to lovers of the Great American Songbook, Call It Magic contains quite a few surprises - including originals and tunes from the pop music playlists of Coldplay, Don Henley and Dinah Washington. It is a 10-act master class on the art of pure singing, and she endows it with deep-seated poignancy.
 Downbeat's Frank Alkyer says, "This is an album that's been years - heck, decades - in the making. It's where the road has taken her and it's a beautiful spot to take in the view. It's music made with great thought, even more care and, yes, a little magic. That's the artistry of Typhanie Monique."
 Well known in Midwest jazz circles, Monique has studied with legendary vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan and the late Mark Murphy. She has shared stages with foundational colleagues Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Mavis Staples and The Manhattan Transfer. All have made inspiring music that resides within her.
 Which helps explain the richness of Typhanie Monique and the soulfulness of Call It Magic - an album that travels straight to the heart.
1. Magic (5:25)
2. Just Friends (4:24)
3. This Bitter Earth (5:28)
4. What Is This Thing Called Love/This Thing (3:31)
5. Heart Of The Matter (5:05)
6. Where Is Love/Love Is (6:11)
7. Called Love (6:11)
8. Sister/Miss Celies Blues (6:41)
9. Letting My Love Go (4:52)
10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:03)


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