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Pick Yourself Up

JoAnn Funk Jazz Singer Pianist with Jeff Brueske, Nathan Norman

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JoAnn’s third CD is her debut album as a jazz singer pianist. Accompanied by her long time musical partners, Jeff Brueske on bass, and Nathan Norman, this CD shows the high level of musicianship, artistry and joy that the three share when they play together.

Recorded at Studio A, Creation Audio, Minneapolis Minnesota. Recorded by Steve Wiese and Miles Hanson. Mixed and Mastered by Steve Wiese. Produced by JoAnn Funk and Steve Wiese.

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Rave Reviews

"The arrangements are out-of-the-ordinary; all are by JoAnn. 

 JoAnn’s "Dance Me To The End of Love" is  inventive and seems true to the spirit of Cohen’s original, while not sounding at all like it. Her musical pas de deux with pocket trumpeter Greg Lewis is playful and unexpected. She sings Jobim’s “Triste” in Portuguese, planting one foot firmly in the Brazilian tradition of spacious, relaxed singing, then lets her piano lead. Jeff and Nathan both shine. 

“You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” experiments with rhythms before settling into an easy swing. (Although, once you’ve heard it, you can detect the melody in Norman’s opening drums.)

In a nod to Blossom Dearie, JoAnn delivers a sassy, upbeat “Moonlight Saving Time.” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Two Sleepy People” is the perfect ending, especially if you listen to Pick Yourself Up late at night, which I highly recommend." ... Bebopified, 2011 
 

"..she brings her soft, sultry pipes to the music...emphasizing the notes and lyrics beautifully.  The song "Dance Me to the End of Love", dances her words with well arranged instrumentals from Jeff Brueske, Nathan Norman, and Greg Lewis.  A romantic feel is felt all over the album...songs like "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", "If I Had You", and "Moonlight SavingTime" all make you feel like it's 11 pm and you 're sitting in the front row at the jazz club she's playing that night." ... Joel Niemeyer KDUZ Radio, 2011