Another Time, Another Place

Another Time, Another Place

by Jennifer Warnes

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Overview

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes celebrates her 50th anniversary as a recording artist with Another Time, Another Place, her first recording since 2001's The Well. Since the 1990s, Warnes has worked only when she's wanted to -- a decade passed between The Well and its predecessor, The Hunter. In this century, she has lent her voice to recordings by Sonny Landreth, Chris Hillman, Leonard Cohen, and his son Adam Cohen. Warnes and longtime collaborator Roscoe Beck (Cohen's bassist and music director and her own producer on Famous Blue Raincoat and The Hunter), began working in Austin and Los Angeles in 2015. But a string of profound losses -- a niece, two sisters, a longtime manager, ex-boyfriend, her dog and Cohen -- sidetracked the sessions several times. Aside from or perhaps because of all that tragedy, Another Time, Another Place offers a stellar reflection of Warnes the interpretive singer. She co-wrote only one tune here, the lilting, Americana road song "The Boys and Me" with Michael Smotherman. The rest are covers that range from country to jazz to pop, all delivered with her sensual, expressive contralto. She opens with a completely revisioned version of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe." Amid a weave of strings, upright bass, acoustic and electric guitars, and poignantly played B-3 and French horn, she offers the song's melody with bittersweet knowledge and its projective lyric as if singing into a mirror for reassurance. A breezy and bluesy read of the jazz standard "Tomorrow Night" -- cut by everyone from Lonnie Johnson to Bob Dylan to the Texas Hill Country's own Johnny Nicholas -- features Beck's strolling upright bassline atop drums (Vinnie Colaiuta), percussion (Lenny Castro), and Jim Cox's subtly swelling Hammond as she leans hard into the tune's elegant swing. Mickey Newbury's "So Sad" is delivered with warm, rounded edges as Greg Leisz's pedal steel winds around the grain in her smoky vocal to underscore each moment of loneliness and pain in the wake of a lover's departure, and those of friends who've shuffled off this mortal coil. Warnes convincingly weds jazz, cabaret, and musette in her version of "I See Your Face Before Me." Landreth appears on resonator and electric slide guitar on a swampy yet altogether cinematic take on Ray Bonneville's "I Am the Big Easy," complete with a laid-back second-line rhythm. Two tracks later she offers "Back Where I Started," another country-esque soul number by the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. The tension between emotional conviction and sweetness in its lyric is a perfect match for Warnes' unflinching honesty and vulnerability. While Marcus Hummon's "Freedom" wasn't written for Warnes, it could have been. Backed by an all-star choir that numbers Ruthie Foster and Blondie Chaplin in its quintet, it relays the notion of freedom as both a state of abundance and an illustration of loss. As a result of these intimate performances, Another Time, Another Place is return to the world after a prolonged period of solitude and grief. Warnes offers these songs with the same aplomb, grace, discipline, passion, and dignity that she has displayed her entire career, and imbues these songs with new shades of meaning in the process.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2018
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 4050538358056
catalogNumber: 35805
Rank: 3067

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Warnes   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mike Cross   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mitch Watkins   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Blondie Chaplin   Choir, Chorus
Eric Darken   Vibes
Sonny Landreth   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Stephen Barber   Keyboards
Roscoe Beck   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Resonator)
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
John Ferraro   Drums
Greg Leisz   Guitar (Resonator)
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Red Young   Keyboards
Tracy Seeger   Violin
Jeff Plankenhorn   Weissenborn
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Roderick Sanford   Choir, Chorus
Ruthie Foster   Choir, Chorus
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Javier Chaparro   Violin
John Mills   Alto Flute
Tom Hale   French Horn
Daran De Shazo   Electric Guitar
Joel Guzman   Accordion
Stefano Intelisano   Keyboards
Gabriel Santiago   Guitar (Nylon String)
James Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Abraham Laboriel   Bass

Technical Credits

Mickey Newbury   Composer
Jennifer Warnes   Composer,Producer
Warren Haynes   Composer
Stephen Barber   Arranger
C. Roscoe Beck   Producer,Engineer
Roscoe Beck   Arranger
Ray Bonneville   Composer
Jim Cox   Arranger
Howard Dietz   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Michael Smotherman   Composer
Derek Trucks   Composer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Will Grosz   Composer
Noah Snyder   Engineer
John Legend   Composer
Bruce Dent   Assistant Post Production
John Mills   Arranger
Tony Diagle   Engineer
Nick Reves   Engineer

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