Emilie-Claire Barlow brings some jazz to the ‘60s

From The Guelph Mercury:

Call it jazz with a ’60s swing.

Juno-nominated singer Emilie-Claire Barlow’s eighth album, The Beat Goes On, is a collection of reimagined ‘60s-era nuggets finding the Toronto-based chanteuse interpreting the likes of Bob Dylan and Donovan instead of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

After a couple of albums that drew exclusively on the Great American Songbook standards of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Barlow says she wanted to shake things up and look to a different era for inspiration.

“I also wanted the challenge of taking songs from different genres of music to try to weave them together in a way that would work all together on one album,” she says.

The musical variety of the ‘60s proved a perfect match — on The Beat Goes On, Barlow gives a jazz spin to the sounds of Motown (Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday), country (He Thinks I Still Care), bubblegum pop (Breaking Up Is Hard To Do) and psychedelia (Sunshine Superman), to name a few.

“It really represents for people a time in their life,” she says of the music of the era. “I think that’s one thing that’s exciting about that decade of music. It was a very colourful decade, politically and socially speaking, and it’s represented in the music. So for me, it was about immersing myself in music of that decade, which was really fun, to do a lot of listening and to make a master list of songs that sparked a bit of an idea.”

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