DownBeat Magazine's "Editors' Pick," “Beauty Indestructible” shares heartfelt coming of age jazz-folk with inspirational lyrics. Ashley has morphed from her jazz-singing background in favor of home-grown grooves interlaced with emotional orchestrated sections reminiscent of musical theatre at times. With lyrics that reckon with fear and freedom, this album is loaded with songs of overcoming and arriving.
Soaring, catchy melodies are supported by rich jazz chords, accessible instrumental solos, horn fills, Rhodes organ, and layered, sometimes quirky, vocal harmonies. The instrumentation varies from a voice, bass, and drums trio to a seven-piece ensemble which includes guitar and cello. There is an overarching joy throughout captured in tender, but strong, passionate vocals.
released 20 January 2015
PERSONNEL: Ashley Daneman - all Vocals, all Music & Lyrics; David Izard - Acoustic Piano, Rhodes; Sam Weber - Acoustic Bass; Michael W. Davis - Drumset, Percussion; Benje Daneman - Trumpet; Matt Davis - Guitar; Amali Premawardhana - Cello
TRACK LISTING: 1. How You Got to Yes, 2. He Loves Me Well, 3. Sing (‘til You’re Good and Live Again), 4. This Is Somebody Else’s Piano, 5. Think On Whatever Is Lovely, 6. Beauty Indestructible, 7. Here Comes a Body, 8. Where No One’s Ever Lost, 9. The Forest’s Virgin Tree. (Total running time 38:34)
STUDIO/RECORDING INFORMATION: Recorded at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY in August 2013. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Max Ross. Produced by Ashley Daneman & the band.