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The Ocean Depths Below is a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a classic, ancient Scottish tune with new lyrics about the universality of loss.
Vocals and pennywhistle by Brenda Morie, written, arranged and produced by Scott Braman
Performed by Brenda Morie, recorded at Woodshop Studios Vancouver Island and mastered
by Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters
Meant to Be, Brenda's solo CD, features the supporting performances of friends, old and new, from her days in Los Angeles coupled with the some of NC's best. Among these are Los Angeles's drummer and recording artist, Chet McCracken and lead guitarist, Chris Pinnick, formerly of Chicago as well as Herb Alpert and John Klemmer. North Carolina's well-known and respected The Ken Rhodes Trio consisting of keyboardist Ken Rhodes, bassist Matt Kendrick, and drummer John Wilson bring their smooth warmth to the project as well as Rhodes' compositional skill with Peace Chant. Jazz trumpeter, Joe Robinson is featured on Stolen Moments and Ghost of a Chance. His bittersweet performance on Ghost of a Chance brings a rich flavor to Brenda's own interpretation, making it one of the highlights on the CD. Brazilian guitarist, Paulo Barata, contributes to Brenda's version of Djavan's Puzzle of Hearts along with Chris Pinnick's lead guitar and McCracken's drumming. Also contributing are conga percussionist Roberto Orihuela, and film composer David McHugh (Mystic Pizza & Moscow On The Hudson). Brenda's "lead guitar-like" flute performance on Liberated Brother and Chitlins Con Carne, shows the influence of her work with Garrett and Nancy Sinatra.
The CD was recorded and produced by John Sisti, whose recent credits include Sound Supervisor on Mad About You which won two Emmys for Best Sound, and Bram Stocker's Dracula which won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Before his film work, Sisti was a recording engineer at several studios such as A&M Records and Record Plant with artist Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Captain & Tennille (Love Can Keep Us Together), and Billy Preston (Nothing from Nothing).
"Brenda Morie delivers poignant lead and back up vocals and is featured on the flute.” West Maui Recordings
-Mac#34 Gavin – Chart Bound
"Meant to Be is a blend of songs by such contemporary songwriters as Michael Franks,
Van Morrison, and Donald Fagan of Steely Dan with jazz songs by Kenny Burell and Horace Silver."
-The Winston-Salem Journal
"A real winner!"
"Lullaby of Birdland deftly shows off Morie's jazz timing (and a sweet scatted ending) as well as some terrific piano work by Ken Rhodes."
-Allison King of Go Triad
"Brenda's debut CD is right on the mark. Her flute performances and sultry vocals work well for a romantic evening or even just riding in the car. What a great voice! What a great talent!! Brenda! When is #2 coming our way?"
- Chet McCracken
"Brenda Morie has such a beautiful style with her vocals and flute both. Her voice and phrasing alone make you to smile and her touch on the flute sends you straight to heaven! Whether you are a jazz fan or not don't miss this one!!"
- Kim Chambers
"I think this is one of the best jazz cd's I have ever purchased from the groove of Chitlins Con Carne, to the words of I could write a book, each song is completely different and so relaxing to hear. When Brenda gets to playing that flute using it like Jimmy Hendrex as a lead instrument you almost forget that lady can sing her ass off!"
- Ron Shelton
"From the groove of “Chitlins Con Carne” to the words of “If I Could Write A Book”, each song is completely different and so relaxing to hear. When Brenda gets to playing that flute using it like Jimmy Hendrix as a lead instrument you almost forget that lady can sing!"
-Fan - Internet Review
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