Yehudit – electric violin | John Hoy – guitar | Cindy Browne – bass | Curt Moore – drums | Ian Dogole – percussion | Cynthia Mullis – tenor sax | Dimitri Matheny – flugelhorn
Recorded and mixed at The Banquet Sound Studios, Santa Rosa, California. Mastered by Warren Dennis Kahn at The Banquet Sound Studios, Santa Rosa, California. Producer: Ian Dogole. Engineer: Warren Dennis Kahn. Graphic design: Janet Doughty, Lisa Bergman. Logo design: R.C. Jones. Photography: Carol Pratt, James Adams (front cover background), Janet Doughty (violin)
Tracklist: 1. Willow Weep for Me [7:16] Ann Ronell (Ann Ronell Music/ASCAP) 2. Four by Four [5:39] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 3. Say No More [4:59] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 4. Partly Cloudy [7:11] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 5. Dolores Street [4:44] Cynthia Mullis (Cynthia Mullis/BMI) 6. Looking Through the Window of Time [5:23] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 7. Blue-Per [6:45] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 8. MacArthur Freeway [5:11] Yehudit (Yehudit Lieberman/BMI) 9. Embraceable You [5:18] George and Ira Gershwin (WB Music Corp./ASCAP)
(pronounced “yeah who DEET”) is making a place for herself in the forefront of the jazz mainstream, demonstrating that the electric violin, in her hands, is a convincing and innovative jazz instrument. A classically trained player with a solid grounding in the jazz idiom, her extensive professional experience encompasses ensembles as diverse as the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the jazz/blues band John Handy with Class. Performing on electric and acoustic five-string violins, she produces a varied sonic palette, ranging from boppish licks and wails to warm, singing melody. Her music is firmly rooted in straight-ahead jazz, spiced with blues, free improvisation, and a dash of funk.
A native New Yorker, Yehudit initially envisioned a career in science. However, her love of music prevailed, and that choice was validated when she won a tenured position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She has also performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the Fremont Symphony, the soundSFound Orchestra, and other Bay Area orchestras and ensembles. In May of 2007, Yehudit resigned her long-time position with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in order to devote her full energies to jazz performance and composition.
In the mid-1980s, Yehudit’s interest in 20th century and improvised music led her to jazz. She set herself the goal of absorbing the jazz tradition and finding her own voice as a jazz violinist. Study with Mel Martin, David Balakrishnan, and Mary Fettig supported this endeavor. For several years, she attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where she received coaching, encouragement, and wisdom from such musicians as Reggie Workman, Kenny Barron, George Cables, Eddie Marshall, and the Turtle Island String Quartet.
Yehudit has been a strong presence on the Bay Area jazz scene for many years. She spent two years as a member of John Handy with Class, and has appeared with many Bay Area artists, including Denise Perrier, Walter Savage, and Dan Hicks. She has headlined at Yoshi’s (Oakland), Lunaria (Los Angeles), La Ve Lee (Studio City), Linnaea’s Cafe (San Luis Obispo), the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek), the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival (San Francisco), the Marin Art Festival, the Union Street Art Fair (San Francisco), the Sacramento Arts Festival, and the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. “Yehudit,” her debut album, was released in 1997. Her second CD, “Valentine,” featuring jazz treatments of classic love songs, was released in May 2001 on the Edgetone label, and is being distributed nationally by Jazzheads Records. For the past six years, Yehudit has performed with cellist Beth Snellings as the jazz duo Different Strokes. The duo released their first album, “Different Strokes…Live,” in June 2005.
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