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Sylvia's concert at LACMA from October 2nd will be aired on KJazz Radio 88.1 in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct 18 from 7pm to 9pm, and includes an interview with the artist. Below is a link to the KJAZZ site.

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Sylvia Brooks, Jazz Vocalist

How far can a song take you? What corners of a hot and twisty soul can it invade? And where will it leave you, when it inevitably does? In approaching her new album, Restless, Sylvia Brooks sought to answer those questions, and take her listeners on a tour of the hungers that haunt us, the passions that drive us and the compulsions that send us careening deliciously close to the edge of the abyss.

Initial discussions with arranger and producer Kim Richmond brought forth several ideas. “I wanted to take a set of songs—this set of songs—and give them more of an urban, street-like feel.” Recalling an incident several years ago that saw her confined to a hospital bed in New York City, she speaks of the totality of the experience in musical terms. Of the jangly, dissonant pulse of the city, the ambulances whizzing by at 3:00am, the clickity-clack of stilettos on the sidewalks below, the heaving sighs of the concrete canyons as they purge and are purged of their human contents...

"Darlin' I need you, lately I find,
You're out of my heart-and I'm out of my mind..."

And it was from the stirrings of “’Round Midnight,” that the album’s concept began to come together. “I wanted people to feel the complete surrender to that kind of barren loneliness, to use instrumentation to bring around that feel of the streets of the City, and bring out the steel of pain and emptiness built into these songs.” And in exploring the ambiguities and contrasts, the staggering highs and desolate lows, the fragilities and desperate yearnings, inherent in such songs as “Last Tango,” “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,” and “You’re My Thrill,” she seeks to impart that tactility to her listeners.

As Richmond began to write, and the two began putting together the instrumentation, one by one, each of the 11 tracks on Restless came to represent a complete experience, a self-contained vignette with a richly satisfying emotional core, tales of decadence and decay, seduction and manipulation, release and ruin and the beautiful victims such devastation leaves in its wake.

"You know how nights like this begin, the kind of knot your heart gets in, Any way you turn is gonna hurt..."

And through these explorations, the wide range of instruments deployed—violins, harmonica, accordion, french horns, percussion, guitars and Sylvia’s fascination with the secrets that lie beneath, the collection began to coalesce into a new and unique mash-up blending art, film and pure musicianship she calls “Jazz Noir."

So pour yourself into a gimlet state-of-mind, where the brighter the sunshine, the darker the night, and a raven-haired seductress sinks her hooks in you and the pain is so exquisite, you dare not tear yourself away. Then see just how far a song can take you...

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Round Midnight Length: 01:29 - 1200 plays From album: Restless
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