Because I Loved Album Release
Now Available/Maintenant Disponible on iTunes
about-deanne

Deanne Matley’s voice and passion for jazz have taken her from her Alberta home to New York, France, Mongolia, and back. She sings standards, her own songs, and an impressive variety of covers with combos large and small, including Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band. Her previous four albums, with songs ranging from jazz standards to pop covers and Christmas favourites, have garnered her Top 10 radio play across Canada and fans around the world. She divides her time between Calgary and Montréal, and is excited that Because I Loved will be launching in both cities.

Canadian jazz vocalist Deanne Matley’s fifth album, Because I Loved, is a tour-de-force, taking the listener on an emotional journey from despair to quiet contentment, with stops at red-hot passion and the excitement of new love along the way. Deanne recruited some of Montréal’s premier jazz talent for the project, including drummer Jim Doxas (who also produced the album), pianist Paul Shrofel, bassist Adrian Vedady, and guest vocalist Ranee Lee. Because I Loved features four new tunes of Deanne’s to round out a song list that includes saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar,” the haunting “Forget Me” (written for the great Shirley Horn), and remarkable covers of songs by Journey (“Open Arms”) and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (“The Wine We Drink”). Throughout, Deanne shines as a first-rate vocal stylist, deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but unafraid of pushing the envelope. Her seen-it-all authority permeates every cut. “This is an album about love, melancholy, and starting again … about relationships,” says Deanne. “It’s the album I’ve always dreamed of making,” Official release performances are in April in Montréal and May in Calgary, with an extensive Canadian and international tour to follow.

“Deanne is what the world is waiting for.”

Ranee Lee, renowned Canadian jazz vocalist
the-album

1. The Moon Is Made Of Gold (Richard Jones) 4:25
2. Sugar (Stanley Turrentine/Ted Daryll) 3:46
3. The After Thought (Vince Jones) 3:59
4. Catching Up To Do (Andréa Petrity/Deanne Matley) 4:35
5. Not My Only One (Deanne Matley) 3:06
6. Open Arms (Steve Perry/Jonathan Cain) 3:23
7. My Favourite Distraction (Deanne Matley) 3:23
8. So Long You Fool (Paul Shrofel/Sharada Banman) 2:48
9. Pieces (Deanne Matley) 3:24
10. Forget Me (Valerie Parks Brown) 3:41
11. Necessary Evil  (feat. Ranee Lee) (Redd Evans) 3:08
12. The Wine We Drink (Drew Holcomb) 3:32

Listen / Buy Because I Loved on iTunes

Produced by Jim Doxas | Co-Produced and A&R by Jean-Pierre Leduc | Recorded by George Doxas at Boutique de Son, Montréal, QC | Mixed by Jim & George Doxas | Mastered by Guy Hebert at Karisma Mastering, Montréal, QC | Musical Arrangements by Paul Shrofel & Deanne Matley | Photos by Kelley Matley | Graphic Design by Jai Benteau

contributors

Deanne Matley – Vocals/Voix
Ranee Lee – Guest Vocals/Chanteuse Invitée
Paul Shrofel – Piano & Keyboards/Piano & Claviers
Adrian Vedady – Bass/Contrebasse
Jim Doxas – Drums/Batterie
Steve Raegele – Guitar/Guitare
Kiko – Percussion
Al McLean – Saxophone
Andy King – Trumpet/Trompette
Jean-Nicolas Trottier – Trombone
Kate Bevan-Baker – Violin/Violon
Kate Maloney – Violin/Violon
Jennifer Thiessen – Viola/Alto
Thomas Beard – Cello/Violoncelle

press
tour

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
The Intimate Version
Deanne Matley & Jon Day
Espresso Bar – Calgary, AB.
8-11pm

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Deanne Matley Quartet
Upstairs Jazz Club – Montreal, QC
8-11pm

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Festival International de Jazz de Québec
Deanne Matley Quartet
Hotel Claredon – Québec City, QC

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Personal note from Deanne about the concept of Because I Loved

liner-notes

Undoubtedly, one of the great pleasures linked to my work as host and producer of jazz programs for the radio is the discovery of new talent, which I’m always eager to share with my listeners. Before I even had the chance to meet the charming Deanne Matley in person, I first knew her from her previous albums, some of which have been airing regularly on my show for some time now. From the first listen, I enjoyed the very personal timbre and phrasing, the undeniable swing and her comprehension of the lyrics that distinguishes her from less-gifted colleagues who do not have the same ability to tell a story set to music.

Backed by a beguiling crew made of Montreal’s crème de la crème, led by Paul Shrofel on piano or keys, Adrian Vedady on bass and Jim (Greek God of Thunder) Doxas on drums – with such hard blowing guests as guitarist Steve Raegele, reedist Al McLean, trumpeter Andy King and trombone virtuoso Jean-Nicolas Trottier on some tracks – Deanne Matley proves herself a first-rate stylist, deeply rooted in the vocal jazz tradition and yet not afraid to push the envelope. Her lived-in, seen-it-all authority lends every tune a more-than-welcome edge, from her engaging originals to old and familiar standard like Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar”.

On Because I Loved, the marvelous arrangements systematically capture a cool, relaxed yet always soulful atmosphere, but it’s truly Matley’s vocals that underscore the heartbreak and melancholy so essential to songs like Vince Jones’ “The After Thought” or Valerie Brown’s “Forget Me”. Not to mention Deanne’s playful duet with legendary Montréal songstress Ranee Lee on “Necessary Evil” that recalls the swinging, kinky joie-de-vivre Ella and Louis once gave their rendition of that Redd Evans’ number.

It is often said that great jazz voices are like great wines, that mature and deepen over the years. Deanne Matley is still young, but through her work as a leader or as Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band choice vocalist, she has clearly established herself as a great vintage that we sure will enjoy tasting again and again as time goes by, with the same delight, the same passion. To paraphrase the title the album’s last track, that’s got to be the case with the wine we drink.

Stanley Péan, writer and jazz enthusiast
Host of Quand le jazz est là, weekdays on Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique

Un des grands plaisirs liés à mon travail d’animateur et de réalisateur d’émissions radiophoniques sur le jazz est sans contredit la découverte de nouveaux talents, que je m’empresse de partager avec mes auditeurs. Avant même d’avoir eu la chance de rencontrer la charmante Deanne Matley en personne, je l’ai d’abord connue sur ses précédents albums, dont des extraits tournent régulièrement à mon émission depuis un moment. Dès la première écoute, j’ai apprécié chez l’enchanteresse native de Calgary le timbre et le phrasé si personnel, le swing indéniable et cette intelligence du texte qui la distingue de collègues moins doués qui n’ont pas la même facilité à raconter des histoires en musique.

Soutenue par une formidable équipe composée de la crème de la crème montréalaise, dirigée par Paul Shrofel au piano ou aux claviers, Adrian Vedady à la contrebasse et Jim (« Le Dieu grec du tonnerre ») Doxas à la batterie — avec des solistes invités de la trempe du guitariste Steve Raegele, du saxophoniste Al McLean, du trompettiste Andy King et du tromboniste virtuose Jean-Nicolas Trottier sur certaines pistes – Deanne Matley se révèle une styliste de tout premier ordre, profondément enracinée dans la tradition du jazz vocal mais qui n’a pas peur de repousser les limites. Son autorité, son vécu, sa volonté de tout donner confère à chaque chanson une touche plus que bienvenue, de ses attachantes chansons originales à des standards aussi familiers que le «Sugar» de Stanley Turrentine.

Sur Because I Loved, les merveilleux arrangements distillent systématiquement une atmosphère cool, détendue et toujours pleine de soul; cependant, c’est vraiment le chant de Matley qui accentue le chagrin et la mélancolie si essentiels à des chansons comme « The After Thought » de Vince Jones ou « Forget Me » de Valerie Brown. Sans oublier le duo ludique de Deanne avec la légendaire chanteuse montréalaise Ranee Lee sur « Necessary Evil » qui rappelle la joie de vivre swinguante et lascive qu’Ella et Louis injectaient dans leur version de la chanson de Redd Evans.

On dit souvent que les grandes voix en jazz sont comme des grands vins, qui gagnent en maturité et en profondeur au fil des ans. Deanne Matley est encore jeune mais, tant comme leader que comme chanteuse de prédilection du Prime Time Big Band de Calgary, elle s’est déjà imposée comme un grand crû que nous prendrons plaisir à déguster encore et encore avec le temps, avec la même délectation, la même passion. Pour paraphraser le titre de la dernière chanson du disque, c’est toujours le cas avec le vin que l’on boit (the wine we drink).

Stanley Péan, écrivain et fanatique de jazz
Animateur de Quand le jazz est là, les soirs de semaine sur ICI Musique

thank-yous

Thank You's

Thank you to all my friends and family who helped make this album come true. Special big love to: Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Aeva Matley-Shier, Alex Knox, Andrea Gyorffy, Andréa Petrity, Calgary Family of Women, Candace Kendrick, Cassandra Amo, Darlene Peacock, Dave & Bonnie Matley, Dave Horrocks, Deb Mccullogh, Debi Young, Donna Manning, Ethan Cadman-Matley, FACTOR, Frederick Tamagi, Janice Woodward, Jenette Yearsly, John McRory, Jon Day, Keith & Linda Gurnsey, Kelley Matley, Lorna Carlson, Lorne Birch, Ranee Lee (Appears courtesy of Justin Time Records, Inc.), Stanley Péan, Stephanie Hutchinson, Wendy Fleming.

Ten Thousand Memories Have Made Me Strong..
Dix mille souvenirs m’ont rendue forte..

Love Deanne xo

twothreenine-two

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts | FACTOR | Canada