Primary Instrument: Vocal
Last Updated: June 15, 2007
Jazz vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton is acclaimed for her rare melding of a sumptuous and agile voice with an eclectic approach that infuses her original compositions and arrangements with the full spectrum of American music.
Rebecca's newest CD, REQUITED, (Fall 2007) premieres a series of ten exquisite songs composed by pianist Bert Seager, with lyrics by international best-selling novelist Anita Diamant (The Red Tent). REQUITED features a spectacular band, including Bert Seager, piano; Rick DiMuzio, tenor sax; Jorge Roeder, bass (Kenny Werner); and Richie Barshay, drums (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Kenny Werner). Rebecca's duo CD with guitarist Eric Hofbauer, MADMAN'S MOON (2005 CNM Records), has garnered international praise and earned a four-star review from the All Music Guide, as well as placing on two Top Ten CDs of 2005 lists (Harvey Siders, Jazz Times Magazine and Randy McElligot, CHUO FM).
Rebecca has appeared with such jazz luminaries as Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, George Russell, Ran Blake, and George Lewis, and is also vocalist for Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, with which she has recorded four CDs. Rebecca has gained a reputation as a composer's singer, premiering new works for both large and small ensembles. She also brings freshness to jazz standards and stretches out to explore such diverse sources as Ray Charles, David Allan Coe, Ned Rorem, and the folk tradition, as well as writing her own compositions, one of which debuted in Jordan Hall with legendary bassist Cecil McBee. She has CDs on Rounder, Cadence, Red Toucan, Innova, and CNM Records.
“Rebecca Shrimpton is a simply exquisite vocalist…endowed with richness, clarity, and eclecticism.” --Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
“Precise, flexible, and alluring, [Rebecca's] voice raptures, but she doesn't overplay the sensuality note. Shrimpton's sensuality is fully embedded in her vocal technique and in her mastery of the art of singing.” --François Couture, All Music Guide
Her voice lingers in the memory, while her rich tones endow [the music] with a hefty significance. --Duncan Heining, Britain's Jazzwise Magazine
She knows how to get the pulse and tick of every word. --Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz
DISCOGRAPHY FOR REBECCA SHRIMPTON:
REQUITED: Songs by Bert Seager and Anita Diamant, to be released 2007. Personnel: Rebecca Shrimpton, voice; Bert Seager, piano; Rick DiMuzio, tenor sax; Jorge Roeder and Dan Greenspan, bass; Richie Barshay and Jorge Perez Albela, drums. Tracks feature new songs by Bert Seager and international best-selling novelist Anita Diamant (The Red Tent; Last Days of Dogtown): Joyful Noise, Seasonale, Pioneer, Blue Yonder, Open Book, Spending My Days with You, Don't Go, Bunny Dune, Anthem, Praise.
MADMAN’S MOON, Rebecca Shrimpton and Eric Hofbauer, Creative Nation Music, 2005. Personnel: Rebecca Shrimpton, voice; Eric Hofbauer, guitar; Allan Chase, soprano & alto saxophones; Scott Barnum, acoustic bass. Tracks include the Dr. Seuss classic "Mr. Grinch," Jerome Kern's "Bill," Sam River's "Beatrice," Kenny Wheeler's "For Jan," plus originals, "Walking with Sam" and "I'm in a Mood."
THE SAME THING, Darrell Katz and Jazz Composers' Alliance Orchestra, Cadence Records, to be released 2007. Personnel: 18-piece Jazz Composer's Alliance Orchestra, featuring Rebecca Shrimpton, voice; Fred Ho, baritone sax, and legendary blues singer/organist Mike Finnegan (Jimi Hendrix Experience). Compositions by Darrell Katz.
SOMNAMBULIST, Laura Andel Orchestra and Jazz Composers' Alliance Orchestra, Red Toucan, 2003. Compositions by Laura Andel.
IN, THRU AND OUT, Jazz Composers' Alliance Orchestra, Cadence Records, 2003. Compositions by Darrell Katz, Laura Andel, David Harris, Warren Senders.
THE DEATH OF SIMONE WEIL, Darrell Katz and Jazz Composers' Alliance Orchestra, Innova Records, 2002. A weird and wonderful jazz song cycle based on the life of 20th C. French philosopher/theologian Simone Weil, by Darrell Katz and Paula Tatarunis.
THE ALREADY AND THE NOT YET, James Falzone, 2000. Suite of composed and improvised music based on ancient hymns, by James Falzone.
A TASTE OF CHANUKAH, Hankus Netsky, Theodore Bikel, NEC Jewish Music Ensemble, Rounder Records, 1999. Broadcast nationally on NPR, with accompanying video produced by WGBH Television, Boston, MA, broadcast nationally on PBS.
A TASTE OF PASSOVER, Hankus Netsky, Theodore Bikel, NEC Jewish Music Ensemble, Rounder Records, 1998. Broadcast nationally on NPR, with accompanying video produced by WGBH Television, Boston, MA, broadcast nationally on PBS.
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