Macy Gray – Stripped (180g LP)

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Label: Chesky – LP389 – 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl – Plated & Pressed at QRP
Macy Gray’s jazz ensemble debut on 180-gram vinyl -Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
2017 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!
Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999, winning a Grammy for her single, “I Try.”
One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you’ve never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new jazz-infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe- inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy’s voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like “I Try,” there’s something for everyone on this timeless recording.
.Recorded for Chesky as part of the label’s Binaural+ series, this session, Macy Gray’s ninth proper studio album, was caught by a single microphone in a Brooklyn church. Backed by a quartet featuring trumpeter Wallace Roney, drummer Ari Hoenig, bassist Daryl Johns, and guitarist Russell Malone, it’s a natural direction for Gray, as she started in jazz bands, putting her unique spin on classics, and has cited jazz vocalists as influences throughout her career. Apart from two originals and as many covers, Gray revisits her own work. “I Try” and “Slowly” are transformed into quiet rumbles, while “Sweet Baby” gets a Bo Diddley beat makeover.
She even goes back to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” guided by Johns’ bass, which alternates between a stutter and a strut. Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” which Gray has been performing since Hurricane Katrina (if not earlier), gets a solemn, lullaby-like reading. The finishing touch, the lone song Gray and the band wrote together, is a lovely ballad that showcases Roney and, well, the singer’s suggestive wordplay. All of this is best heard in a late-night setting. The volume of Gray’s rasping voice rarely breaks above the level of an intimate conversation — at times, she sounds a bit off in the distance — and the group plays as if it’s trying not to disturb a dozing parishioner. For all its emphasis on the past, Stripped sounds like a step forward.

SKU: 090368038913 Category:
A1Annabelle5:11
A2Sweet Baby5:05
A3I Try4:17
A4Slowly5:17
B1First Time4:11
B2Nothing Else Matters6:41
B3Redemption Song3:24
B4The Heart5:45
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