N.Y.'s Melissa Sylianou CD RELEASE
Melissa Stylianou - voice
Jamie Reynolds - piano
Andrew Downing - bass
Nick Fraser - drums
& Special Guest Pete McCann - guitar
Jazz singer Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts since the turn of the century, from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages. She has won fans far and wide with her recording projects, along with praise from such outlets as the jazz bible Downbeat – which called her "a gifted composer and an appealing singer" and, moreover, "an original." Stylianou's newest album - Silent Movie, her fourth disc and first for the New York-based Anzic Records - is an evolutionary step, with Stylianou presenting her fresh takes on beloved jazz standards and left-field songs from Johnny Cash to Joanna Newsom, backed by a collective of top musicians from the New York scene. Stylianou has long put her own lyrics to the music of celebrated composers; on Silent Movie, she breathes fresh emotional life into instrumental pieces by Edgar Meyer and Vince Mendoza. Her original compositions featured prominently on her 2006 release Sliding Down, leading Jazz Times magazine to comment: "An exotically sultry 'All of You' and a gorgeously dreamy 'That Ole Devil Called Love' make her a standards-bearer worth watching. But it is Stylianou's artfully imagined originals...that shift her from engaging to captivating." Melissa continues to write unique and insightful "story-songs" as she calls them, and the title track of Silent Movie" is one of these: a well-crafted piece co-written by Stylianou and Jamie Reynolds, that takes look at a relationship fraying at the edges.. As ever, her singing is a joy, reinforcing the description by Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch, who says: "Melissa Stylianou has it all - a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste."