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October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT$15
Soulful, sultry, with a touch of spunk, Toronto jazz singer Simone Morris officially launched her long-awaited, all-original album “Settling Up” in November 2018. The debut CD has been widely acclaimed, hitting #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in its first week, and recently, #1 on Earshot National Jazz Chart.
Joined by Mike Freedman (guitar, co-writer), Adrean Farrugia (piano), William Sperandei (trumpet), Bill McBirnie (flute), Chris Adriaanse (bass) and Max Senitt (drums), “Settling Up” invites audiences to share in an intimate musical journey through Simone’s charming and soulful musical world. Rooted in jazz, the album weaves a musical path that conveys diverse musical experiences and background.
“…It is easy to fall into a pleasant lull and meander along this path with each piece offering a new stylistic experience that perfectly showcases her unique timbre and exceptionally varied musical background.”
~ Kati Killaspea, The WholeNote
Using her own life experiences to connect with audiences in a personal way, she engages in an intimate ‘dig-deep’ kind of conversation that reveals her take on life and love.
Simone exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety. She’s a natural storyteller who captures the essence of jazz classics, while artfully luring audiences into craftily-spun musical stories.
Many songs on “Settling Up“ are on the mellow side, like “What A Life,” – led by some tasty electric guitar licks and electric piano, and looks at the sense of defeat underlying someone’s alcoholic behaviour – however, the album opens with “Baby This Works,” a sassy swing number about a spunky woman in love, who sees only what she wants to see. The propulsive standup bass, skillful muted trumpet, and slyly insinuated vocal technique combine to create an entirely captivating whole, as charming and forthright as the attitude of the woman it describes. “Don’t Come Crying To Me” is a soft gentle bossa nova – with a lovely nylon-string acoustic guitar solo – compellingly contrasted with its hard, unflinching lyric that documents the very difficult end of a love affair. “Will To Fight” is a sweet, reassuring, folk-pop inspired song about overcoming trauma of the past to find forgiveness, and courage to move forward. The piano and electric guitar solo are as yearning and vulnerable as the protagonist in the song. The final track “Take Us Home” was written after Morris and her daughter were in a car accident at the end of 2016, which prompted the creation of this album. Going even deeper than “Will to Fight,” the languid but emotionally resonant, Gospel-tinged song invites us to send our troubles floating down the river, so it can “take us home” to where we belong.