Deb Bowman – Fast Heart
Labels:Mama Bama Records
Number of Tracks:10
From the Album:Fast Heart
Available Date & Time: Aug 08 2019 13:15:00 EDT
Impact Date: Aug 29 2019 00:00:00
Thank you for your Grammy Consideration!
Deb Bowman's FAST HEART is up for 3 categories:
Best Gospel Song/ Performance
Best New Artist
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THE CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT "FAST HEART"
Downbeat's review by Jon Ross says, "The Atlanta jazz scene endures primarily on a steady diet of restaurant and hotel gigs. Vocalist Deb Bowman, a New York transplant who has carved out a career down South, fits perfectly here. But for Fast Heart, Bowman's second disc as a leader, the versatile vocalist journeyed back to New York to record with a stellar supporting cast. Kenyatta Beasley's muted trumpet solos stand out, and Eric Lewis is an encouraging accompanist on both keyboards and piano. The disc features four originals – Bowman's first recording of her own compositions – and her connections to these personal tunes is visceral and immediate. She's also able to address topics close to her heart without moving into overwrought or maudlin territory; the lyrics are made meaningful by her honest delivery. Bowman's history with off-Broadway performance has influenced her approach to these small-band songs, and she takes on a chameleon-like delivery, changing her vocal approach and grain as the songs ebb and flow. She belts it out on slow, introspective ballads; her vocals skips along on uptempo tunes. Gospel is in Bowman's musical DNA, too, and "Shelter Me From The Storm" is a stunning closer. Replete with a choir and wailing Hammond B-3, Bowman is nearly perfect at this speed."
Contemporary Fusion Reviews by Dick Metcalf says, "Refreshing multi-talented jazz vocalist Deb Bowman will (easily) capture your heart in only the first few bars of her new release… Her soulful rendition of “Georgia On My Mind” will make you a believer in all those talents…superb."
Midwest Record's Chris Spector says “A jazz thrush with a rich, warm voice..Tasty stuff from a pro that’s mastered many entertainment disciplines, you really can’t go wrong with her long overdue second set.”
JW Vibe's Jonathan Widran says “Blending elements of her church and gospel music upbringing with shimmering pop and adventurous R&B, blues and jazz sensibilities, actress, world traveling vocalist and songwriter Deb Bowman pays soulful homage to her beloved sister Patti on her musically and spiritually transcendent new album Fast Heart. It goes without saying that Fast Heart will make yours beat a lot louder.”
An award winning singer, actor, composer, and jazz cabaret artist, DEB BOWMAN’s multi-faceted talents shine through on her newest album, FAST HEART. The project comprises a mix of jazz standards and four original tunes penned by Bowman.
This is Bowman’s second album as a leader. It follows her 2011 release Addicted to Love Songs. Bowman was raised in Alabama and grew up singing in the Gospel church. She began singing at the age of five, piano at age eight and when she was twelve, she was offered a recording contract in the Christian music industry, but her parents turned down the offer. She went on to study music and drama in high school, and received her BFA from the University of Alabama, where she studied Classical Theatre and Dance. Bowman moved to New York City to pursue her acting and singing career. She performed in theatre, Off- Broadway, national tours and regional productions as well as television, films, and commercials. Although she worked steadily, her creative spirit felt confined to scripts others had written and singing songs that weren’t optimal for her vocal sweet spot, so she began creating her own unique, jazz cabaret shows incorporating song, story, and shtick. She performed around the city, regionally, and also spent time at sea traveling to over 60 countries on world cruise ships, where her shows were a popular feature.
After spending 13 years in New York, her beloved sister, Patti, died of ovarian cancer. Bowman was with her sister through the brutal 18-month battle and was devastated by her loss. She had been working on the hit TV show Ugly Betty, which had just wrapped, so she gave up the lease on her apartment (which most New Yorkers will say you only do under great duress) and headed out for a long stint on a world cruise as a guest entertainer. She felt that she needed change and couldn’t imagine bearing another New York winter. A friend invited her down to Atlanta, and she liked it enough to make it her new home. It was closer to her family in Alabama, there was TV and film production, theatre, and a solid jazz scene — all the elements she needed to start a new life. FAST HEART is a tribute to Patti. Bowman is releasing the album in concert on the 10th anniversary of her passing at BIRDLAND in New York City on September 22nd. Patti loved butterflies, and from the teal butterfly on the cover (a symbol of ovarian cancer awareness) to references in several songs, the album is replete with butterfly allusions. Bowman will also be donating a portion of the revenue to Ovarian Cancer Research.
Bowman was thrilled that FAST HEART was one of the last projects recorded at the storied Power Station recording studio in New York City. The studio, which opened in 1977 and where artists like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, David Bowie and the cast of “Hamilton” have recorded, will be renovated and rebranded.
Bowman and producer ARNOLD STRICKLAND brought on board pianist ERIC LEWIS, popularly known as ELEW. Lewis, who found crossover success creating the genre “rock jazz,” is known for his unconventional style, which eschews a piano bench and makes frequent use of plucked strings, a style featured on the title song “Fast Heart.”
Also joining Bowman are the Grammy winning, virtuoso drummer STEVEN WOLF aka “WOLF,” Hammond B3 player “Organ Monk” GREG LEWIS, who was named one of top 5 Rising Stars on organ on DownBeat's 66th Annual Critics' Poll, MATTHEW GARRISON, the son of the late Jimmy Garrison and a stellar bassist in his own right, award-winning trumpeter KENYATTA BEASLEY, who has recorded and performed with many internationally renowned artists, and violinist MARLA FEENEY, who performs with a number of orchestras and bands in the Atlanta area. FAST HEART was engineered and mixed by AKIHIRO NISHIMURA and mastered by multi Grammy award winning engineer, PAUL BLAKEMORE.
Bowman has a rich, warm voice that was shaped by her earliest performances as a Gospel singer. Many of the standards included on the album have clear references to butterflies, like Thelonious Monk’s “Pannonica,” with lyrics by Jon Hendricks that uses the refrain “Pannonica my butterfly,” and, of course, Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” with the touching lyrics “Soaring winds… rainbow waves / Touch my mind… be so kind / When you're gone… people cry Butterfly.” Bowman often sings in French and performs a wistful piano duo version of Edit Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” She and ELEW add some funk to “Moody’s Mood for Love,” and, as a shout-out to her friends and fans in Georgia, she does a rousing version of “Georgia on My Mind,” featuring “Organ Monk” Lewis on the Hammond B3.
This CD is also the debut for Bowman’s original compositions. She opens the album with a soulful “Willow in the Wind,” a song about yearning for love and seeking refuge for a restless soul. “I feel like a willow in the wind / Won’t you come and take me by the hand / Where there is no pain / Somewhere far away.” She also contributes a pop-edged “Where Can We Go,” which she co-wrote with writing partner, Janet Powell; “Fast Heart,” the title tune about how her heart beats fast when she’s dancing with a passionate love and the closing number, “Shelter Me from The Storm,” in which Bowman gets down and returns to her Gospel roots, featuring JW Inspirational Voices of Harlem and the Hammond B3 Organ.
Deb Bowman has a fluid and flexible voice. She is adept at a number of different musical styles, while her acting background clearly informs her approach to lyrics. FAST HEART is a beautiful and loving tribute to her late sister Patti. FAST HEART will be available in stores and online everywhere on August 29, 2019. Deb Bowman will be presenting FAST HEART at a special listening events on July 30th at World of McIntosh in New York City and August 29th at HiFi Buys in Atlanta.