Ann Hampton Callaway Finds True Love on New Telarc Release
Most people would agree that life is a journey. Finding love along the way – an experience that can be joyous, painful and confusing all at the same time – only makes the journey more interesting and rewarding.
Vocalist and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway wants to help the world fall in love. On her new Telarc release, At Last - set for release on February 3, 2009 – she casts a spell that’s likely to help her cause. Callaway calls this collection “love songs for grownups,” because it offers an introspective look at the long road on her way to love that has led her to the fulfillment she has found today.
At Last is a mix of jazz standards, versatile pop songs and a couple original tunes, each woven together to create a narrative that is perhaps as cinematic as it is musical. It’s an album-as-art-form approach that is rapidly disappearing in the burgeoning digital age, says Callaway. “I always think of CDs like movies,” she says. “You wouldn’t download one scene from a movie. You want the whole thing, the whole story. An album shouldn’t be just a bunch of songs in a sequence that’s front-loaded with hits. It’s really about creating an emotional journey that starts in one place and ends in a place that’s very different.”
Along with her on the journey are her core trio of pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Victor Lewis. Guest musicians include guitarist Rodney Jones, violinist Mads Tolling, saxophonist Teodross Avery, flugelhornist Marvin Stamm, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and percussionist Emedin Rivera.
In the end, says Callaway, At Last is just as much about self-discovery as it is about discovering that other person who completes the emotional picture. “I think this is probably my most honest CD to date, and I hope people feel the impact of me letting go of some of my perfectionism,” she says. “Letting go, and just becoming as me as possible, is a lot of what I’ve tried to do in the last few years. I think it takes a long time to find the thing that’s uniquely you. As I get older, I seem to be getting closer to that discovery.”