You Don't Know What Love Is
Release date: June 18, 2021
Label: Cellar Music Group
You Don’t Know What Love Is is the debut album from consummate vocalist and composer Angela Wrigley and her spirited Angela Wrigley Trio. The group presents a collection of material that transcends the jazz genre, with Angela’s stunning vocal performance matched only by the exquisite interplay of her A-list band. The Angela Wrigley Trio is made up of three musical cohorts and friends: Angela Wrigley on vocals, piano and rhodes; Derek Stoll on bass, piano and organ; and Dave Lake on drums. Additionally, the album features stellar contributions from percussionist Bob Fenske, alto and tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, trumpeter Vince Mai and trombonist Rod Murray.
Drawing from jazz standards, rock hits and pop classics, the Angela Wrigley Trio has created a body of work that intricately describes the story of love and loss, hope and longing, and what it means to deeply and truly be “in love.” Angela’s own compositions describe these feelings with poignant accuracy, and with the dedication of her bandmates she delivers an emotional and heartfelt depiction of what it means to have loved deeply, and lost. Conceived and recorded safely during the turbulence of the past year, You Don’t Know What Love Is, like the jazz artform itself, stands as a testament to dedication and innovation in the midst of great adversity.
You Don’t Know What Love Is begins with an original composition by the bandleader. “How Did I Get Here” sets the tone for the remainder of this soulful release with sultry vocals from Wrigley and a Latin-tinged solo section featuring wonderful improvisation from Cory Weeds and Vince Mai. Wrigley notes, this track captures the feeling of “when you start to feel a little restless, a little resentful, ready for the next thing”. The album continues with the Wrigley-penned “Crazy Fool”, which is also the album’s first single. The bandleader’s passionate refrains soar over tightly-orchestrated rhythmic accents and jabs from the rhythm section creating a sensuous atmosphere befitting the lyrics of the piece. Jazziz featured the video premiere of “Crazy Fool” in their April 30th New Release Cheat Sheet (Link Here).
The Angela Wrigley Trio brings a rhapsodic energy to their interpretations of songs made famous by a diverse group of performers such as Billie Holiday, Sade and even Incubus. Wrigley’s adaptation of “Lover Man” adds a laid-back groove to the song made popular by Lady Day. Weeds takes a masterful solo over the form and tastefully accents the melody delivered by Ms. Wrigley. The artist notes “This song is a classic. It really captures the desperation of longing for someone.” Following the theme of love and longing, Wrigley delivers a lovely, nuanced rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “I Get Along Without You Very Well”. Wrigley remarks that this track seems to resonate particularly well given the tremendous loss that many of us have experienced in the past year. Wrigley’s melodic musings and Vince Mai’s ’ velvety muted-trumpet pair perfectly with the tongue-in-cheek innuendo of “Tiny Glasses”, the luscious melody leads to the bright-tempoed swing of the solo section, featuring wonderful improvisation from Rod Murray and Vince Mai over the chord changes of the time-honored classic “All of Me”.
Wrigley showcases the sheer power of her vocals with the album’s closing track “You Know My Name”. Popularized as the theme song to the 007 film “Casino Royale”, Wrigley brings an air of mystery and playful intrigue to this energetic piece, concluding the release on a high. The album’s moody bonus track (digital/streaming) “You Stepped Out of a Dream” features a neo-soul infused arrangement of the popular standard. An ambient soundfield erupts into a dramatic and textural statement of the melody from Wrigley, paired with the light samba of the tune’s bridge and concluding with improvisation transitioning back to ambience.
The album’s producers, Scott Morin and Cory Weeds, are two of Canada’s best known jazz impresarios having produced a combined 5 Juno Award winning albums for ‘Best Jazz Album.’ Marking two decades of exceptional live recordings and stellar studio sessions (over 225 recordings) under the tenure of Cellar Music Group, 2021 sees the first-ever collaboration between label founder Cory Weeds and A&R/Marketing Manager Scott Morin as album producers with You Don’t Know What Love Is. Morin remarks “I’ve known Cory for over 25 years, since he beat me in an audition to be the saxophone player in a popular Vancouver funk band. Since then, we’ve toured the continent together with Paul Anka, and worked on dozens of albums in various roles, but this is the first time we have produced an album together. Despite the challenges that come with Covid-19, it was an absolute joy working with him on Angela and her Trio’s debut.”
With deeply personal interpretations of classic songs that have resonated with the bandleader throughout her upbringing and up until the present, You Don’t Know What Love Is walks listeners through a retrospective of Wrigley and her trio’s musical journey. The album’s eleven tracks document the resilience and resolve of three tremendous players who stayed the course and gathered together – when physically gathering in general became impossible – to create a work of beauty, honesty and soul.
Release date: October 16, 2020
Label: Cellar Music Group
“Cinnamon” is the new single from vocalist/composer Angela Wrigley. On this powerfully-evocative track, the Calgary, Alberta-native is thrilled to be joined by an ensemble of GRAMMY®-winning musicians including Aaron Goldberg (piano, rhodes, Hammond B-3), Reuben Rogers (acoustic bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums). Also captured on the track is Calgary-based percussionist Bob Fenske. Written in 2019, “Cinnamon” speaks of the turmoil that can come with an emotionally-wrought love affair. “Cinnamon” precedes the anticipated 2021 release of Wrigley’s debut album, You Don’t Know What Love Is, presented by the Angela Wrigley Trio.
“Cinnamon” is inspired by a powerful love affair - the kind of love affair that feels as though it could change the world, if the circumstances were different. But when circumstances fail, and doubt sets in, the feeling of inadequacy filters through the cracks. The power, helplessness and desires that infused this song was what led producer Scott Morin to call upon Joshua Redman’s longtime rhythm section. A whirlwind day of recording ensued at the National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary, a world-class facility and instrument museum, providing access to state-of-the-art equipment, one of the largest keyboard collections in the world, and the engineering expertise of Jason Tawkin. Amidst post-production, COVID-19 hit and upon the temporary close of the NMC, Scott and Angela moved the mix to OCL studios, where it was engineered by Spencer Cheyne. Adding the final polish to this magical Wrigley-penned original, jazz star-studded tune was Grammy®-nominated engineer João Carvalho, who is credited to the track’s master.
In May 2021, Angela Wrigley Trio will release You Don’t Know What Love Is. This debut album represents love and loss, hope and longing, both in the story it tells, and in the lives of those intimately dedicated to its release. Angela’s piercing lyrics, powerful singing, and intricate piano playing, along with Dave Lake and Derek Stoll’s solid rhythm section, have created an album that is truly a labour of love. It is only the beginning of a creative partnership, and a deep friendship, that will be even more enriched by love, loss, hope, and longing to come. On You Don’t Know What Love Is, this trio is joined by some very special guests including Bob Fenske on percussion, Cory Weeds on saxophones and production, Vince Mai on trumpet, and Rod Murray on trombone.
Angela Wrigley was destined to be a singer. Before she was even born her father said, “I hope she is a girl and I hope she can sing.” A passionate vocalist and pianist, she's been performing and writing her own music for over 10 years with a deep love of jazz standards, soul music and contemporary piano trios.
Angela Wrigley and her trio will be debuting “Cinnamon” at The Ironwood in Calgary, Alberta in a special release concert on October 14th and 15th. Tickets available at www.ironwoodstage.ca.
"There is a long tradition in the jazz world of musicians swapping backup bands, sitting in for impromptu sessions and generously sharing their musical wealth. But even by these friendly standards, Calgary pianist-vocalist Angela Wrigley scored a major coup late last year when she tapped into some formidable support at the National Music Centre thanks to a Joshua Redman concert set for Arts Commons down the road." Read the full article here.
"TOn this powerfully-evocative track for Cellar Music Group, the vocalist shines alongside an ensemble of GRAMMY-winning musicians including pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Gregory Hutchinson and percussionist Bob Fenske." Read the full article here.
"Life and love are never sugar-coated in this first collection by the Angela Wrigley Trio.." Read the full review here.
THE WHOLE NOTE
"This CD is a beautifully constructed first release that clearly establishes this talented new artist’s identity and sound." Read the full review in the September/October 2021 issue of The Whole Note.