Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Right Where I Belong

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Right Where I Belong

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RIGHT WHERE I BELONG

LAUREN HOOKER

MUSICAL LEGENDS 1001

Lauren Hooker (vcl, pno-1 tk.) Allen Farnham (pno,synth.-1 tk.) Rufus Reid (bs) Tim Horner (dms, percussion) Recorded June 29 & 30, 2006

Right Where I Belong (Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child)/You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/Goodbye Pork Pie (Goodbye Porkpie Hat)/The Eyes Of Chaz/The Other Side Of The Sun/You Needn't Call Me (Well You Needn't)/Time And Space/Seagulls (Seagulls Of Kristiansund)/Lovebug Jitters (Jitterbug Waltz)/No Goodbyes/Footprints On My Soul (Footprints)/Ill Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good)/Creole Love Call TT: 60:39

It took this talented vocalist, composer, lyricist and yes even a darn good pianist a long time to come forth with her debut recording but here it is and it was well worth the wait. A bit of background on this person is in order. She has been a professional musician since the early 1980s. A recording was made with Mal Waldren back then but wasn't issued! I do wish someone would. Her education is long and varied and can easily be found on her website, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Manhattan School of Music and Rugters University. She has had much professional training, having studied with both Sheila Jordan and Kenny Barron, but despite that she comes across as a very free spirit.

Now to the recording at hand. So many records start off with what I would consider their best effort in order to immediately catch your intention. …

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