NEW VINTAGE

“Laura Ainsworth’s third album sparkles like champagne…Her voice, a satiny ribbon that seems to flow as an uninterrupted river of downbeats, is rich and distinctive, but it’s her sense of humor that catches you note after note…Older lyrics can be universal but also cheesy; she embraces it all. (The title alone shows wit in the paradox of a vintage that is also new…but comprised of older tunes.) One savvy decision is the selection of a fairly obscure set of standards to tackle here…The great advantage of that, of course, is that every song can still surprise you — the lyrics, the licks, the sentiments. New Vintage is an album of reinvention, both feet planted in the present, but forever looking back.” - Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice

“Fun from start to finish, sung with just the right approach by Ainsworth, with support by a hip band led by pianist and arranger Brian Piper. It is a smile-inducing winner!” - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

“Beautiful voice, expressive and sensitive, accompanied by a group with serious professionalism…An excellent album!” - Serge Warin, Radio Grand Brive, Objat, France

“When I first reviewed Laura’s 1930’s-style crooning, back in issue #135, it was clear to me that she is able to take you back to those late-night joints with the smoky blue rooms… On (New Vintage)…that impression is even stronger, especially as I listen to her sing tunes like ‘Where Did The Magic Go’ – great piano from Brian Piper on this one, and some wonderful bass by John Adams…If you’re a dedicated fan of jazz retro vocal work, you’ll love this one…I give it a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an ‘EQ’ (energy quotient) rating of 4.97 (out of 5.)” - Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

“Listening to Ainsworth’s sultry, old-fashioned voice, audiences might not know that the 21st century had arrived…Ainsworth’s voice is earnest in a romantic way that saw its heyday at least 50 years prior. Her sultry tones are mixed with humor. On songs like ‘That’s How I Got My Start,’ and ‘An Occasional Man’ Ainsworth’s voice is perfect to play up the rhyme scheme so that audiences can hear how humor works in each piece…Ainsworth has carved a niche for herself as a singer of retro jazz. Her voice comes courtesy of a tradition forged by Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore and Julie London…The instrumentation is almost perfect. The sound is lush, perfectly timed, and neither overwhelms, nor hides behind Ainsworth’s voice.

Overall, a great album for jazz fans looking to hear a contemporary artist put an earnest spin on classics.” - Dodie Miller-Gould, lemonwire.com


TOP SHELF

For those who prefer their music in the rich, warm tones of vinyl, Eclectus Records proudly presents Top Shelf. This 180-gram, virgin vinyl LP (download card included) contains ten outstanding cuts from Laura Ainsworth’s first three CDs, remastered for vinyl at Crystal Clear Sound by renowned engineer Kent Stump and manufactured by Hand Drawn Pressing, hailed as “the most technologically advanced vinyl record-pressing facility in America” (Cole Field, Central Track).

Laura grew up listening to her dad, sax and clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanying such legends as Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. Her own musical sensibilities were shaped by his music and his record collection, encompassing everything from his own classic recordings with major big bands to such giants of jazz and lounge as Peggy Lee, Julie London and Mel Torme. She has always insisted that her CDs exhibit the same top quality performance, production and packaging of the great Verve and Capitol LPs of the ‘50s and ‘60s. With the release of Top Shelf, she has finally reached the medium she was born for and has always dreamed of. This is Laura Ainsworth’s fantastic music the way it was meant to be heard!