The Rings Of Saturn is Tatham’s fourth CD. It’s the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 release Out of My Dreams, which debuted at #26 on the JazzWeek radio chart, solidifying her position as a top vocalist in the L.A. jazz scene and establishing her as an important jazz artist to watch. Tatham continues the tradition -- laid down by the great vocalists of past generations -- of finding first-class material to sing and swing with a contemporary sensibility enhanced with hip, new arrangements. The songs Tatham selected for this project are not your usual fare. The CD comprises lesser-done jazz tunes as well as one original. From standards “Love Me or Leave Me” and “It Could Happen to You,” to re-imagined pop tunes like Todd Rundgren’s “Can We Still be Friends” and Phoebe Snow’s “Poetry Man,” to a musical theater classic like “Anyone Can Whistle” by Stephen Sondheim, THE RINGS OF SATURN is an eclectic project that showcases Tatham’s musicianship, beautiful voice and aptitude for lyric interpretation. Tatham is a performer unafraid to take risks. Her nuanced readings combined with a flexible voice that is by turns gentle and inviting and then throaty and robust, demonstrates an artist in full control of her diverse material.
Joanne Tatham, vocals
Max Haymer, piano
Lyman Medeiros, bass
Dan Schnelle, drums
Marcel Camargo, guitar (5, 7,10)
Larry Koonse, guitar (2)
Kevin Winard, percussion
Brian Swartz, trumpet
Bob Sheppard, sax
Arranged by Max Haymer, Eli Brueggemann (6), Marcel Camargo & Joanne Tatham (10). Produced by Mark Winkler
1. Love Me or Leave Me ( 3:45) 2. Summer in New York (5:23) 3. Catch Me If You Can (4:09) 4. Poetry Man (4:07) 5. The Rings of Saturn (5:05) 6. Can We Still Be Friends (4:35) 7. If You Never Come To Me (5:43) 8. Anyone Can Whistle (4:47) 9. Nice To Be Around (3:52) 10. Jazz ‘n’ Samba (Só Danço Samba) (2:11) 11. It Could Happen To You (3:56).