Recordings

Five and More  (2013), has been gar­ner­ing acclaim from review­ers, and wide air­play in the US and abroad. For this third Five­Play CD, we’ve added spe­cial guests to broaden our sonic palette– ten sparkling new orig­i­nals, in which the group is joined by a clar­inet quar­tet, Ted Wolff’s pas­sion­ate vibra­phone play­ing, a mighty trom­bone sec­tion, and Frank Phipps’ lovely bass trum­pet. Here’s a three-minute sam­pler. You can order or down­load the CD here.


 

Five of Hearts  is the sec­ond CD (2011) by Five­Play Jazz Quin­tet, fea­tur­ing all orig­i­nal music by me and by guitarist/co-bandleader (and my hus­band) Tony Cor­man. This music is lis­ten­able, melodic, mod­ern jazz that will nour­ish both your mind and heart! The tunes range from for­ays into samba, tango and gospel, to an Elling­ton­ian bal­lad and a wild Balkan ride. To lis­ten to clips, read liner notes and pur­chase the CD, go to CDBaby

Five of Hearts

 

 

Cerulean Blue | The Laura Klein/Ted Wolff duo, released in 2009. Ini­tially inspired by the Gary Burton/Chick Corea col­lab­o­ra­tions, we’ve devel­oped an excit­ing, lyri­cal and highly inter­ac­tive style of our own. The gor­geous, unique sound of vibes and piano has been described as “ear candy” and this record­ing is rich with sonic beauty. There are orig­i­nals by Ted and myself, a hard dri­ving ren­di­tion of Kenny Barron’s “Voy­age”, a beau­ti­ful per­for­mance of J.J. Johnson’s “Lament”, a gospelly ver­sion of Wayne Shorter’s “Aung San Suu Kyi”, and more. Go to CDBaby or email me to order a copy. Click on MP3 samples:

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  1. Cerulean Blue — L. Klein
  2. Grain of Sand — L. Klein
  3. Peau Douce — S. Swallow

 

Five­Play | Reunites the Tricer­atops com­pos­ing team of Tony Cor­man, Dave Tid­ball and me, backed by the stel­lar rhythm sec­tion of drum­mer Alan Hall and bassist Paul Smith. The quin­tet plays orig­i­nal jazz, from lyri­cal to funky, mod­ern dis­so­nances to straight ahead swing. It’s rooted in the best jazz tra­di­tions while draw­ing on mod­ern har­monies, rhythms, and tone col­ors, with lots of excit­ing inter­play among the musi­cians. To hear clips and order the first CD (released in 2010 on Aura­line Records), go to CDBaby. To read more about the band, go to the Five­Play web site.

 

Tricer­atops | was a three-horned band that per­formed all orig­i­nal music by Tony Cor­man, Dave Tid­ball, and myself. Many of the Bay Area’s finest musi­cians came through the band dur­ing those years; the lineup on the CD is: Tony on saxes and flutes, Dave on saxes and clar­inets, Dave Eshel­man, trom­bone, Dan Sea­mans, bass, Alan Hall, drums, and myself on piano. Our appear­ances included the Cotati Jazz Fes­ti­val, KCSM’s Jazz on the Hill Fes­ti­val, Yoshi’s, Stan­ford Jazz, Paci­fica Per­for­mances, Kimball’s, Kuumbwa, and SF Per­for­mances.. We were fea­tured on Bud Spangler’s “Sun­day Night Suites” series on KCSM-FM, got national air­play and numer­ous good reviews. “Backed by a cham­pion rhythm team — Laura Klein (piano), Alan Hall (drums) and Dan Sea­mans (bass) — the three-horn front line invades ten better-than-Messenger-like orig­i­nals, pro­vid­ing cap­ti­vat­ing moments for lis­ten­ers.” — Jaz­zTimes
To order a copy email me. Check out MP3 clips below:

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  • Lost and Found — L. Klein
  • Sun Day — L. Klein
  • Bee­hive — L. Klein

 

Day In, Day Out | Vocal­ist Jenny Fer­ris and I have been mak­ing music together in var­i­ous set­tings, from duo to quin­tet, since the 1980’s. This is her sec­ond record­ing, fea­tur­ing fresh and var­ied treat­ments of lyri­cist Johnny Mercer’s most beloved mate­r­ial, with com­posers Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Henry Mancini. Jenny is accom­pa­nied on this CD by guitarist/arranger Tony Cor­man, Rich Lesnik on sax and flute, bassist Carol DeAr­ment, drum­mers Tom Has­sett and Bryan Bow­man, and myself on piano and con­tribut­ing some arrange­ments. Jenny’s taste­ful and heart­felt inter­pre­ta­tions, and well-played, unusual arrange­ments
(lots of sur­prises here!) make for very enjoy­able lis­ten­ing. Avail­able at CDBaby.
Some MP3 sam­ples here:

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  • I Remem­ber You — Mercer/Schertzinger
  • Laura — Mercer/Raksin
  • Too Mar­velous for Words — Mercer/ Whiting

 

To con­tact me about book­ings, obtain­ing CD’s, or to get on my email list for future appear­ances, please call (510) 845‑6619 or email me.

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