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Franki Baaz @ Canters Kabbits Room

W.Los Angeles, California, USA

W.Los Angeles, California, USA

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Franki Baaz @ Canter's Kabbits Room

West Los Angeles, California, USA

West Los Angeles, California, USA

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Listening to “Passion Blue” by Franki Baaz feels like realizing you want a one-night stand in a new city to turn into a long, significant relationship – something you had forgotten you were searching for. Franki’s low voice will creep into your mind, keening like your conscience.

While there is nothing unusual in being backed by guitars, drums and keyboard, the rapport they have with her voice sounds almost supernatural. Their flavor reminded me of the southwestern desert at night – full of harsh truths barely hidden by the darkness. As the album plays on, the four-piece’s arrangements complement the high and low emotions brought on by Franki’s voice and lyrics. The listener cannot help but be carried away.

This is her fourth album. With only 10 songs, “Passion Blue” is a modest offering, but the selections are exactly what need to be there. And like its name implies the album is deep, wild and tinged with melancholy.

Vanessa Moore
DEMORAMA REVIEWS FOR AUGUST 2003
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS:
FRANKI BAAZ
Franki Baaz is a long time veteran of the L.A. music scene that has somehow managed to escape major media attention. She's released several albums, and
her latest, Passion Blue, is a fine listen indeed. She sings mostly love songs of a moderate tempo in a unique and haunting voice that reminds me of a
cross between Grace Slick and Enya. Her backing band provides support that is tasteful and very tight. The album is well produced, letting her voice take center stage and soar and slide through the arrangements, and also letting the band shine in some well placed solos. It's not jazz, but it skirts the edge of jazz for some exquisite tunes. Franki Baaz can be heard on NeverEndingWonder Radio.

NEVERENDINGWONDER.COM JUNE 23, 2003
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The music: the music of FRANKI BAAZ is very strange, it could result easy in its definition: pop, mainly acoustic music, with a slight folk touch, but what makes it so especial and different is the character of the music; a lake of sad and beautiful music over which the moon and the plaintive and deep voice of Franki is reflected. In the back cover photo of the CD you see this five people from L.A., so serious and languid, and dressed in black, and so is the music here contained, yes, it is relaxing and pop, with occasional guitar solos of something between country and blues that make the music different, but it is so bitter..., so pale... They normally follow a very concrete sketch: acoustic calm with a subtle rhythm that is resolved with a punctual and more melodic ending, although of course this can be altered to add variety to the matter; so the fifth "Let Me" is very vivid, while the next ballad "Carry On" has a light background orchestral atmosphere and the last two numbers (which are only produced by Franki, the others by Franki and Grayson Wray), that are even darker and very different from the rest, with a repetitive tendency which make them more hard for the common pop listener; "Why" is only based in keyboards atmospheres (and Franki), "It's You & I" is still more tremendous; slow distorted guitars and a kind a funereal lament of Franki, and even a electric guitar solo (sometimes it seems doom...). There are also some other influences in the music: Franki sometimes uses a kind of Indian intonation in her singing and there are some details taken from easy listening music and maybe new age (or something like that...).

For some people it could sound too much unfortunate, but that is never a problem, in SHE DIVINE music like this is always welcome.
Some other data: Franki Baaz is a veteran of the L.A. scene, "Passion Blue" is her fourth album.
GLOBAL GRADE: 8/10
Review by Héctor Noble Fernández. - Héctor Noble Fernández.


Some singer/songwriters blaze their own trail, playing their own music, and if they get any help along the way, they aren't quick to acknowledge it. This is not the case with Franki Baaz. She recorded Passion Blue with a full team of five musicians – Mark Akita (keyboards), James Lee (acoustic and electric guitar), Michael Davila (electric bass), Karl K the Bass Player (upright bass), and Marcus Boeltz (drums). These musicians fit together well and do not overpower the album. It takes a good aptitude of producing to fit this much competing energy onto an album, but Baaz and Grayson Wray, who also provided backing vocals, did just that. This is an extremely polite recording. The keyboards take their turn, and then give way for some guitar action. Of course the musical style is different, but this level of courtesy is usually reserved for jazz music, although jazz features many solos, which Baaz's band does not partake in. They must be as humble as they are talented. Baaz provides her own backing vocals, which must mean she brings along another singer when she tours. She does a good job with this on “Wishful Dream.” I can't imagine how this song could be done as well live unless Baaz has a twin. Perhaps the cloning in mad scientist's labs could do the trick here. “To Steal Your Will” has Akita's excellent keyboards at its finest. “Carry On “is another fine, almost ethereal, song that focuses on Baaz' signature singing talent. Admittedly, some of these songs do start to run together, though. Is it too much of a good thing? That's one way of looking at it. It would be nice to have a little bit more variety, especially considering how many instruments her band plays. It's a kink to be worked out on her next album. (Impressive Music)

Reviewer - Joel Edelman, Performermag

http://www.performermag.com/wcpReview.php?offset=5 - Performermag


Franki Baaz - Passion Blue

A mindful insight into the soul of Franki Baaz. A blend of laid back
pop and easy listening music with sultry vocals entwined. Franki does all the female vocals, lead and backing, herself. Her band consists of Mark Akita -Keyboards, James Lee - Guitars (electric & acoustic), Michael Davila-Electric Bass, Karl K "The bass player" - Standup Bass, and Marcus Boeltz playing all the drums. Additional background vocals performed by Grayson Wray. The project is also produced by Wray & Baaz , except "It's You and I" and "Why" which are produced solely by Baaz .

The style of the album is self evident here , a laid back and mainly
acoustic set that transports you to another dimension. If what you are looking for is a CD to relax you and leave you with that kind of warm and fuzzy feeling, you may have found it right here . The album at times seems to travel in the direction of Sarah McLaughlin or even Enya .

The flair of musical styles can sometimes almost sound as if they have an East Indian flavor. While sliding so easily from one track into the next as the style and tempo rarely changes . The only exception there would be "Let Me" which is as close to an upbeat number as you will find here.

The production is tight and the sound has a style of it's own . If it's
a mellow, almost spiritual journey into the unknown you are looking for, it's here on "Passion Blue". This CD is getting airplay on radio stations around the world .....

(4 Stars out of 6)

Thanks so much ...

Rikk Matheson
ricksreviews.comsole revuer & webmaster http://www.RikksRevues.com - www.RikksRevues.com


Discography

"The Marriage of Sex and Love" is Franki's 5th indie release. "Passion Blue" was her 4th and "Wisdom" was her 3rd. Before that, Franki Baaz did the Great City project. 2 albums were released with the Great City ; "Great City" & "Earth Dreams". Both albums were played in heavy rotation in European and US college (CMJ rated) radio. The 1st solo project for Franki was "Wisdom" which was played on Australian commercial radio ISON for 14 months and reached the top 10 on their charts 3x. 2nd solo project was the 2003 release "Passion Blue" album, which was played around the world, on internet, commercial and US college radio. And received outstanding reviews globally. "The Marriage of Sex and Love" recieved 2 nominations in 2005, and is currently getting airplay around the world on internet, college and commercial radio. Currently Franki is recording her 6th indie album.

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"SEX & LOVE" IS OUT! AND BEING PLAYED INTERNATIONALLY!

All three CDs, "The Marriage of Sex and Love", "Passion Blue" and "Wisdom" are being played continuously on the Austrialian commercial network stations, ISON, which is worldwide network. The songs from all the cds are averaging a total of 25 spins a week.

"Over-Sexed Hot Mama" is also getting airplay on Indie 104.7fm Radio LA and the link to the playist is: http://64.202.189.105/iradiola/playlistF.html. Check it out and request it when you log on to the page.

Also, "Bird with a Broken Wing" is being played on BIG 100.3 a commercial station out of Orlando Fl. USA. Below is the link to the station playlist if you wanta check it out at: http://www.cool100fm.com/iplaylist/search.php?t=song&q=Bird+With+a+Broken+Wing

For more info go to www.frankibaaz.net and www.impressivemusic.com