By Shae Fontana, Bleu Bop
Aubrey Johnson’s debut album, Unraveled, marks the jazz vocalist’s arrival as a composer, arranger, and bandleader. Johnson is joined by a group of amazing musicians: pianist Chris Ziemba, drummer Jeremy Noller, and bassist Matt Aronoff, all of whom she met during a session. Adding striking orchestral textures are Tomoko Omura on violin, whom she met in 2009 while both in a folk band. Michael Sachs plays on bass clarinet and alto sax, he was a fan/friend of Aubrey’s and frequented her shows. Brazilian jazz musician Vitor Gonçalves adds accordion work on two tracks. Read the full interview here.