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Jazz Concert with Portraits Featuring Adalia Tara

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Sedona Creative Life Center

333 Schnebly Hill Road

Sedona, AZ 86336

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Jazz concert - "Portraits - Featuring Adalia Tara" Portraits, a band born of impromptu jazz sessions at a coffeehouse in Sedona, is celebrating the release of their first album with a concert on June 28th, from 7:30 to 9 pm at the Creative Life Center. Portraits will perform a mix of classic jazz standards, reimagined covers and original songs. Audio samples are available at www.PortraitsTheBand.com. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer-songwriter Adalia Tara will be accompanied by David Vincent Mills on keys, Fitzhugh Jenkins on guitar, and Mark Rownd on drums. Initial reviews of the album have been outstanding:

“Powerful singing by Adalia Tara. ‘Autumn Leaves’ sets a high standard for the performances that follow.” — SCOTT YANOW, JAZZ HISTORIAN, AUTHOR OF THE JAZZ SINGERS.

Album Review by Scott Yanow

Portraits first album features singer Adalia Tara, accompanied by keyboardist David Vincent Mills, guitarist Fitzhugh Jenkins, bassist Zac Carson and drummer Mark Rownd. While this is their first recording as a unit, the individual musicians have appeared on numerous other albums.

Adalia Tara has had success with her contemporary pop album Why Wait and several music videos including “Release Me” and “Mother Of Exiles.” She is a versatile and bluesy singer who sounds as at home on “Autumn Leaves” as she does on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” David Vincent Mills previously recorded original funky jazz instrumentals on his CD Underneath, and guitarist Fitzhugh Jenkins, an LA based studio musician for many years, was featured on Passion: Music For Guitar. Mark Rownd on drums, who has released several instrumental albums of his own, and Zac Carson on acoustic bass make for a solid team behind the soloists on Portraits.

While they have all had experience in a variety of genres, Portraits plays mostly straight ahead jazz on this album. The opening “Autumn Leaves” has powerful singing by Adalia Tara, short guitar and keyboard solos that add to the momentum of the performance, and a closing vocal which sets a high standard for the performances that follow.

“The Way You Look Tonight” is swung by Adalia, the instrumentalists are supportive, and there is a brief statement by Mills. “At Last”, which is so closely associated with Etta James, features Adalia at her most soulful, making the song her own. She is showcased at her best on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” creating wordless vocalizing and scatting over the strutting rhythm section that contrast with her beautiful long tones.

On “Autumn Leaves,” Adalia Tara creates her own melodic variation of the theme, taking the first chorus mostly out-of-tempo. She then swings a chorus and, after some worthy solos, closes the piece the way it began. The tracks on Portraits include her quietly emotional vocal of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Portraits first album is an excellent debut, a group that one suspects is also well worth seeing live.

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