Language

CD Info

  • Read the lyrics “We’ve struggled offensively …”
  • Lyrics and vocals: Lorraine Feather
  • Additional vocals: Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel, and Tierney Sutton
  • Music : Eddie Arkin, Shelly Berg, Bill Elliott, Russell Ferrante, Michael B. Nelson, Tony Morales
  • Arrangements: Eddie Arkin, Shelly Berg, Bill Elliott, Russell Ferrante
  • Piano: Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante, Michael Lang
  • Bass: Michael Valerio
  • Drums: Michael Shapiro, Gregg Field
  • Percussion: Michael Shapiro
  • Guitar: Grant Geissman
  • Trumpets: Gary Grant and Willie Murillo; saxophones: William Liston and Gregg Smith; trombone:Andy Martin
  • Album design: Sarah Bolles
  • Photography: Steve Davy
  • Liner notes: Ken Dryden
  • Produced by Lorraine Feather, Carlos Del Rosario and Geoff Gillette

Lorraine is the equal of not just her esteemed papa but also of such top-drawer wordsmiths as Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg. Like such masters, she is particularly skilled at observational humor derived from the mundane aspects of everyday life. But Feather’s whip-smart skills aren’t limited to sophisticated witticisms, as here evidenced by a sweet, delicate homage to Billy Strayhorn (‘In Flower’) and a rosy rendering of yuletide Manhattan (‘I Love New York at Christmas’) that is actually a heart-wrenching snapshot of a crumbling relationship.

—Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

In this age of press releases and e-mails, not to mention iPods and iTunes, it’s amazing how many compact disks promoting artists new and old still find their way into our mailboxes. Sometimes these arrivals include a true gem. NPR’s special correspondent Susan Stamberg got such a musical delivery the other day …it’s called Language.

—Scott Simon, National Public Radio

‘We’ve struggled offensively,’ I never thought I’d hear that in a song, but of course it has a perfect right to be there in a compendium of sports clichés … [as well as] ‘regrettable away-game incident.’ Wonderfully smart renditions. They do repay study. We’re still enjoying discovering some of the neat words on Lorraine’s earlier releases!

—Russell Davies, BBC Radio

Mellifluous phraseology … chicly utilized clichés … one of Feather’s best attributes is allowing the listener to feel as if they’re having an intimate conversation with her … [her] musicality truly speaks on a visceral level.

—Grant Lasher, Jazziz

Her talent as a lyricist of wit, sarcasm, and keen observations of the American human condition is her true strength…This may very well be Lorraine Feather’s best effort. Bravo, Lorraine.”

—Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide