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Tania Alexandra


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Jazzy alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, "Durga Ma (Savasana)" (single, with Collective Acoustics, 2015)

See also:

Tania Alexandra's site

Tania Alexandra's Bandcamp site

Tania Alexandra's CD Baby page

Tania Alexandra's Facebook page

Comparisons:

Mary Lydia Ryan

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Vocally and musically Tania Alexandra reminds me very much of Devil With Wings-era Mary Lydia Ryan. Like that amazing album, Alexandra's music is wildly create, passionate, angstful but also celebratory. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Emergence is the only one I've heard

Recordings:

  • Chrysalis (1999)
  • Emergence (2003)
  • Abnormal (2009)
  • This Truth (with Collective Acoustics, 2014)
  • Durga Ma (Savasana) (single, with Collective Acoustics, 2015)

Emergence

Release info:

2003—Tumbletat Publishing

Availability:

See Tania Alexandra's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Tania Alexandra—piano, vocals, string arrangements, percussion

Guest artists:

Eric Hastings—drums (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9); percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9); programming (9)
Randy Kapralick—trombone, horn arrangement (1)
Tom Spiker—guitar (1, 3)
Stephen Rossmeisl—bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 9); percussion (3, 6); acoustic guitar (4); crystal bowl (10)
Eubie Snow—flute (1, 4)
Josh Robinson—congas (1)
Arne Wendt—Hammond (1, 3, 4, 9); synths (1, 3, 4), celeste (3, 4)
Monica E. McIntyre—cello (1, 5, 10)
Dmust—lullaby vocals (2)
Ben Bowman, Nick Kendall—violins (2, 7)
Tony Devroye—viola (2, 7)
Yi-Chun Chen—cello (2, 7)
Xande Cruz—berimbau, percussion (3); zabumba (6) Stephen Witte—digeridoo
Roger Mgreichian—oud
Mike "Slo'-Mo" Brenner—lap steel, dobro (4, 5, 10)
Farouq Daweud—trumpet (5)
Josh Robinson—percussion (6)
Elliot Diamond—gongs, bells (10)

Produced by:

Tania Alexandra

Comments:

While this album is reminiscent of Mary Lydia Ryan's Devil With Wings, it is even jazzier and more improvisational. The songs are mostly long, many running eight minutes, and the final track runs over 14 minutes. The songs move between the highly melodic and catchy to loose patches where the sound is all over the place, but still, always, compelling. While it becomes a little less engaging for me in the middle of the album—always a danger with improvisational music—overall it's quite an impressive album. Nicely packaged, too. Heads up, all fans of jazzier pop. (Neile)

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