As Smooth as a Dry Martini and Equally Intoxicating...
Chantal Chamberland. The very name has a lovely musical lilt to it, so perhaps music has always been the destiny of this superbly skilled, award winning jazz vocalist. It has certainly always been the life-long passion of the Montreal-raised, Dundas, Ontario-based, Chamberland, and her new CD, The Other Woman, represents the full blossoming of her prodigious artistic talent.
Out now via Universal Music Canada, the disc is Chantals fourth solo release. Her previous albums (2002 s This Is Our Time, 2004 s Serendipity Street and 2005 s Dripping Indigo ) served notice that this was an artist to watch. They received radio play across Canada, notched rave reviews, and brought Chantal a loyal fan base in the U.S..
The Other Woman definitely ups the ante. The mandate of a great voice tackling great songs remains, while Chamberlands decision to take a different approach to the recording pays off handsomely. She recruited acclaimed producer Danny Greenspoon (Jane Bunnett,Sophie Milman, Great Big Sea) and an A-list of Toronto jazz musicians for the sessions, and she is justifiably proud of the results.
Chamberland and Greenspoon set up shop in The Canterbury Music Company in Toronto, alongside such stellar players as drummer Mark McLean, bassist Marc Rogers, guitarist Rob Piltch, pianist Robi Botos, organist Dennis Keldie, cellist Kevin Fox and horn players Phil Dwyer, Perry and Paul White, Guido Basso, William Carn, and Steve McDade. -
On The Other Woman, the compelling results are equivalent to a Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese collaboration. It always helps to have a top-notch script, and Chamberland shows a deft touch in her song selections. Such much-loved jazz standards as On The Street Where You Live and In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning nestle snugly alongside French songs (La Mer and the bilingual I Wish You Love) and contemporary tunes like Sharon Washingtons Little Wonder, Sades By Your Side and All I Ask Of You (from Phantom Of The Opera).
The result is a refreshing diversity of tempo and tone, and Chantals vocals move from sultry and soulful to bluesy and brassy with graceful ease. No vocal histrionics here, just a subtle yet always sincere take on material that resonates in her heart and soul.
Chantals stylistic eclecticism comes naturally. She cut her musical teeth singing rock in Montreal bars (while still underage), then gained prominence in an acoustic folk-rock duo that shared stages with the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan.
- I was raised by my grandmother and aunt and they always had music in the house, Chamberland recalls. Big band stuff, Ella Fitzgerald, and French music by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. Maybe it was stuck in my subconscious from my teen years, because I later developed a really big craving for vocal jazz.-
Encouraged by the response from her audiences, Chantal recorded This Is Our Time, and the positive reaction it received confirmed she was on the right track. A triumphant 2004 appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival showed that this charming entertainer was equally at ease in front of a crowd of 100,000 as in an intimate supper club, and there has been no looking back.
A 2006 return to the Montreal festival was another hit, and La Belle Province has proven a very welcoming market for the fluently bilingual Chamberland. Closer to her current home, Chamberland won a Peoples Choice trophy at the Hamilton Music Awards in 2004, while Toronto shows at Hughs Room and the 2008 Toronto Jazz Festival have demonstrated that, in a city crammed with female jazz singers, there is always room for one this talented.
With the release of The Other Woman, look for the ascent of this rising star to accelerate. Prepare to be seduced.
RADIO TESTIMONIALS (International):
TONY WICKHAM Radio Maldwyn, UK
" Oh the voice, the voice!!! And such a wonderful touch on the guitar."
KSRQ 90.1 FM - Minnesota
Chamberland does an excellent job on old favorites such as Patsy Cline's Crazy, but the most well-received song at our station is her own composition, It's You.
Cairns FM89.1 - Australia
What a discovery! Chantal I love your music, and so do my listeners. Love the choice of material too. your voice is simply stunning and unique. My listeners keep thinking that you remind them of someone, and don't know who. It is unique but comfortingly reminiscent at the same time... You rock, and Canadian jazz rocks! Thanks so much.
WIUP-FM - Indiana
Outstanding recording, outstanding voice. I love this record and added it to our rotation.
CJSR 88.5 - Edmonton
Beautiful! Chantal's voice is amazing! The songwriting is great, and the band is HOT! :-) Overall: 10/10
DBC Radio/TV ï¿½ France
Thanks a lot for this beautiful travel with your voice.
103.7 FM - Australia
One of the top 20 cds of the year that I've heard (and I've heard quite a few). 2 Thumbs up!!!
Triple H-FM - Australia
Chantal Scheduled and played track 1 of your great CD "Serendipity Street" In my opinion you have the "IT" factor within your music and it is a pleasure to feature you in my programs. "Keep on Keeping on"... and please keep me up to date with your progress as I will be promoting your work here "Downunder" in Australia.
Available as full band with or without full horn section
Chantal Chamberland - Vocals
Rob Piltch - Guitar
Robi Botos - Piano
Marc Rogers - Bass
Mark McLean - Drums
Paul White - Sax
Release Date May (2008)
The Other Woman - Debuted at #3 on top Canadian jazz albums (SoundScan)
Distributed by: Universal Music
Currently in studio recording ï¿½ US & CA Distribution
Produced By: Danny Greenspoon
The Other Woman,Peggy Lee, Just For a Thrill, Ray Charles, On The Street Where You Live, Nat King Cole, By Your Side, Sade
Rob Piltch - Guitar, Robi Botos - Piano, Marc Rogers - Bass, Mark McLean - Drums, Perry White - Tenor and Bari Sax, Phil Dwyer - Tenor Sax, Guido Basso - Trumpet and Flugel, Steve McDade - Trumpet, William Carn - Trombone, Denis Keldie - Hammond organ and Keys
Release Date 2006
Dripping Indigo US & (CA Distribution Fusion III)
Charted #1 Canadian Jazz charts
Nominated Recording of the year & Artist of the year HMAs
Release Date 2004
Serendipity Street - US & (CA Distribution Fusion III)
Top selling Canadian Independent Jazz Release
25,000 copies sold US
Winner Peoples Choice Recording of the Year - HMAs
Release Date 2002
This is Our Time US & (CA Distribution Fusion III)
Debut Contemporary Jazz Album
La Mer - The Other Woman
I Wish You Love
On The Street Where you Live
The Other Woman - The Other Woman
Little Wonder - The Other Woman
I Don't Know Enough About You
Alright Ok You Win - New Release Sampler May 08
Once in a While - Dripping Indigo
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Dripping Indigo
Les Cinemas-Bars - Dripping Indigo
Hot Night in Baton Rouge - Dripping Indigo
Summertime - CBC Live Montreal
Since I fell For You - Serendipity Street
Dripping Indigo in Review
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In Review: Dripping Indigo DRIPPING INDIGO... Elegance and sensuality mingle in the music of smok...In Review: Dripping Indigo
DRIPPING INDIGO... Elegance and sensuality mingle in the music of smoky-voiced chanteuse Chantal Chamberland. Smooth as a dry martini and equally intoxicating, Chamberland's third album DRIPPING INDIGO cements her role as one of the best interpreters of classic songbook favorites. With a repertoire that features "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "How Deep Is Your Love," the album slowly seduces with its corner jazz club ambience and torch singer grace..."
Serendipity Street In Review
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In Review: Serendipity Street With her smoky, late-night-at-the-club vocal presence, Chantal Chambe...In Review: Serendipity Street
With her smoky, late-night-at-the-club vocal presence, Chantal Chamberland is like a singer from a different era - one from the days when standards by Gershwin and Berlin were pop songs of the moment and vintage jazz was the height of fashion. SERENDIPITY STREET is a showcase for the artist's passionate, velvety singing voice and her equally adept skills as a guitarist. Featured are a series of standards, pop covers and original pieces, which include soulful renditions of Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child," Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Willie Nelson's "Crazy." With each of these timeless torch songs, Chamberland proves herself as a singer with the chops to go up against the best of today's jazz innovators. You'll definitely want to check out this album if you are a fan of Diana Krall.
This Is Our Time in Review
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Slow burning passion and world-weary grit coalesce in the sultry, urban nightclub-style vocals of Ch...Slow burning passion and world-weary grit coalesce in the sultry, urban nightclub-style vocals of Chantal Chamberland. The Canadian singer/songwriter mines the depths of emotion once again with her album THIS IS OUR TIME, a collection of original compositions, pop covers and classic torch songs. With her mature, aggressive vocal delivery, Chamberland turns each of these songs into an intense display of soul-searching poignancy. Included is a lusciously smoky rendition of the Peggy Lee classic "Fever," an already sensual song that Chamberland makes even more potent. Also included are covers of Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" and The Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again"
Dripping Indigo - Jerry D'Souza
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Chantal Chamberland has a warm, toasty voice that can light up a dark nightclub and send a glow th...
Chantal Chamberland has a warm, toasty voice that can light up a dark nightclub and send a glow through her audience. She makes her third recorded outing on Dripping Indigo with a generous helping of songs, most of which dwell in areas that suit her pitch and trajectory perfectly. She gives the uptempo tunes a nice turn of fleck and dynamics, making this a fine showcase for a singer who deserves more attention.
The Quebec-born singer has selected pieces that are ripe for the picking, including a line of jazz standards, a tune by the Bee Gees, and a couple of French songs. Her version of “Lover Man” is her own, with no attempt to do another Billie Holiday take-off. Her husky voicing, with a hint of breathiness, brings in a sexiness that alto saxophonist Paul White gives a deeper impact. A happy, frisky breeze flits across “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” fired by a burst of joy from Bil Holianty's tenor sax. Chamberland shows a wider, more expressive range on “L’hymne à l’amour,” a heartfelt ballad that throbs with passion and serves as a fitting climax to an enjoyable record.
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Track listing: Once in a While; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; I Wanna be Around; Georgia on My Mind; One For My Baby; How Deep is your Love: I’m Beginning to See the Light; Lover Man; Les Cinémas-Bars; Teach Me Tonight; Body and Soul; Someday; The Good Life; I’ve Got You Under MY Skin; Hot Night in Baton Rouge; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; L’hymne à l’amour.
Personnel: Chantal Chamberland: vocals, guitar; Paul White: alto saxophone; Bil Holinaty: tenor saxophone; Bart Nameth: piano; Steve Pelletier: acoustic bass; Dan Lockwood: drums; Bob Doidge: flugelhorn, trumpet, cello: John Kenyon: piano (7,16,18).
Chantal Chamberland's versatility enables her to vary her performance depending upon the venue and the audience:
In addition to original music Chamberland performs the music of:
Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and many more jazz greats. Chantal also offers up contemporary jazz interpretations of songs made famous by pop artists such as The Bee Gees, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper and Sade.
Sets can be 45minutes to 2 hours in length
A typical 45 minute set will be approx 8 songs
There are no upcoming dates at this time.