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"WebReview for CD Flirting..."

a Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
[for Collected Sounds: A Guide To Women In Music]

Elizabeth Carpenter has made music for many years and you can tell by her record. She’s an experienced artist who writes great songs.

“Mauvais Foi” is straight up New Orleans jazz with a sassy approach.

Hoagy Carmichel’s “Baltimore Oriole” gets a lively reading. Carpenter’s sexy vocal and the expert backing are a delight.

The title track is a song with smart, lusty lyrics. Carpenter sings of casual relationships with verve and daring.

The rendition of Carmichel and Johnny Mercer’s “Skylark” even rivals k.d lang’s version. Carpenter’s gorgeous vocal and the relaxed approach works wonders.

“Bad and Lonely end” is a tango about a love ending.

Elsewhere Carpenter has a Clint Eastwood dream(don’t we all?) and sings of skindiving.

This album is a real treat.

Posted on February 14, 2006
http://www.collectedsounds.com/cdreviews/flirting.html - Collected Sounds

"Live Radio Performance on "The Beat""

KUOW Live Radio Interview/Performance
(you need RealAudio to listen):

Dave Beck featured my new CD "Flirting..." for The Beat's Valentine's Week on music. They played 4 of the CD's songs, plus had my Quartet perform 3 songs live and did an interview with me on the making of "Flirting...".
- NPR/KUOW 94.9 The Beat


*Flirting... 11 Track CD - Released December 2005

*Cosmo Street - 1 track, "Guadalupe" a duet with Victor Janusz © 2004, which received special mention in JazzImprov Magazine's review of COSMO STREET

*Emergency Love - a 14 track CD on Blueweed Records © 2003

Her song "Unexpected" is hit the Top 50 on American Idol Underground's Jazz Catagory in the Spring of 2006. *First, Last, Deposit - a compilation CD for the non-profit org. Noel House © 2003

*The Blueweed Songs - a 14 track CD on Blue Girl Records © 2001

Elizabeth Carpenter - a 5 track EP © 1998



Elizabeth Carpenter has been performing in the Seattle area for 14 years and has been composing and playing guitar for 25 years. After her feet went kaput as a dancer (her last days as a modern dancer were at The Juilliard School) she took-up guitar & songwriting as her next art form. She originally set off on documentary film-making after Juilliard (receiving a BFA in Film from New York University) but music became more a more compelling interest.

As of May 2008 - she has reformed her band and career as a jazz vocalist covering all the classics from Ellington to Porter to Strayhorn and beyond (she & Richard have alsoarranged and performed more obscure jazz tunes such as Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and Nat Adderly's "Old Country") Her Trio has a 70 song repertoire for parties, weddings, restaurants and clubs. She will record a 3 song demo this Feb 2009 ("It Could Happen To You", "Angel Eyes" & Sondheim's "Losing My Mind").

From 1998 - Dec 2007:
She has performed & recorded as as The Elizabeth Carpenter Quartet, Trio, Duo and solo, with a repertoire of over 50 original songs & 15 arrangements of jazz & pop standards (from "My Funny Valentine" to Aerosmith's "Jaded").

Some of Seattle's best instrumentalists have collaborated with her on her CD's and in live performances, including:

*Amy Denio, Tobi Stone & Elizabeth Pupo-Walker of the Tiptons

*Trumpeter, Dave Carter of Skerik's Syncopated Taint

*Violinist, Tyler Reilly, who has toured with Rickie Lee Jones and been recorded on 2 Modest Mouse CD's

*Percussionist, Jeff Busch who appears w/many fine Seattle jazz & Latin bands, including Timbao

*Composer, Cellist & Bassist, Paul Rucker - One of Seattle's best Jazz composers who has won many awards and grants and featured in Earshot's Jazz Festival these last 2 years.

*Guitarist, Bill Horist - one of Seattle's most innovative experimental guitar artists.

She also performs as a jazz & standards vocalist with well-known pianist & composer Victor Janusz. She sang on his track "Guadalupe" - a duet, on his CD "Cosmo Street" [JazzImprov Magazine, Spring 2005, noted this duet as one of the most "memorable songs" in a review of the CD]

Carpenter's Dissonant Roots Music evolved from blues, jazz, rock, pop, soul, Latin and folk traditions.

She is a self-taught guitarist specializing in finger-style guitar on an electric hollow-body Alvarez. Her sound is marked by the use of dissonant chords, complex rhythms, lyrics that straddle the comic-melancholic zone and sung in a sultry 3-Octave range.

Audiences have compared her to Nora Jones, Sam Phillips, Joni Mitchell, Nellie McCay, Dayna Kurtz, Beth Orton, Dido, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Aimee Mann and Michelle Shocked.

Some of her Seattle performance venues are:

The Tractor Tavern
Egan's Jazz Jam
Tutta Bella
Experience Music Project * Liquid Lounge
Seattle Art Museum - After Hours Series
1412 Gallery (a Jazz Listening Space)
Nordstrom's, Downtown Seattle Nov. 26th, '04 with Victor Janusz - CD release of "Cosmo Street"
Northwest Folk Life Festival [2001, 2002, 2004]
Thumper's Oak Room Cabaret
Salty's at Alki (with Victor Janusz Trio)
Pellini, Madison-Renaissance Hotel
3rd Place Books
The O Lounge
Conor Byrne Pub
Seattle Academy of Fine Art Benefit
Gilda's Club Benefit
GSBA - Greater Seattle Business Association Benefit
Cascades Conservation Partnership & NW Ecosystem Alliance Benefit @ Woodland Park Zoo
Le Pichet
Eva's Wine Bar & Restaurant
Panamonica's - Tacoma
Artist Trust Art Auction
Alexa's Cafe - Bothell
The Bait House
Zeitgeist Café
Jag Studios
Hop Vine Pub
Mr. Spot's Chai House
Columbia City BeatWalk
Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival 2002 (Three by One & One by Three: wrote/performed 5 theatre songs for Union Actors @ Work)


* (NPR) KUOW's "The Beat" on 2/13/06 & 11/ 5/03 - live performance & interview

* KBCS's " on Oct. 23rd, 2003 - live performance & interview & all 3 CDs are on the jazz & folk radio station KBCS's playlists

* THE FEMININE GROOVE'S playlist - an internet radio broadcast

* DESERT HIGHWAY RADIO - which dedicates itself to promoting, producing and preserving roots music

* WOMEN OF THE 90'S - A great internet radio show dedicated to pormoting new women singer/songwriters of all genres

Channel 29 (Public Access, Seattle) The Swoop Show, Nov.19th, 2003 @ 8:00 PM
Channel 29 (Public Access, Seattle) Club Diversity, July 13th, 2004 @ 6:00 pm with Victor Janusz.

Seattle Public Library - 2 songs for the 2002 Annual Staff Day and for the closing ceremony of the old Central Branch in 2001.

Union Actors @ Work - for the Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival 2002 (Three by One & One by Three: wrote/performed 5 theatre songs)

Has split gigs with:

Jim Page
The Paul Rucker Ensemble
Aiko Shimada
Bill Horist
Todd Werny (of Diamond Fist Werny)
David Russell