Amber Whitlock is writing and producing
Rob Whitlock for their many projects along the way, as well
as being his wife. A session singer since the mid seventies, Amber has
been singing Jazz and Popular music for years and is well seasoned and
mature in her approach. Her voice is creamy & reaching and she has been
known to bring feelings to the surface that you didn't know you were
Influences include: Billie Holiday,
Roberta Flack, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee
Jones and many others. Currently Amber is listening to Diana Krall,
Norah Jones and Madeline Peyroux...
Her debut CD, "The Colours of Life"
is reminiscent of the warm sounds of the 70s and early 80s old school
soul and jazz, and can be listened to intently for nuance of
musicianship, or used as a soundtrack to your own busy life. Either way
the sounds and songs are soothing, inspiring and haunting. (Amber also
has a new CD release due out soon entitled, "The Circle"!)
Having enlisted the immeasurable talent of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums,
Vinnie's signature grooves are delivered with precision and vitality; reminding us why Sting, Faith Hill & Frank Zappa, among
others, count Vinnie as their favorite drummer. Cliff Almond, also one
of the nation's powerhouse drummers, is one with Anthony whether playing
swing, salsa, fusion or pop. Here he rocks out on "Too Cool To Fool" and
instills mystery and vision to "When I Look In Your Eyes".
The CD includes original songs as well as covers of, "Betcha' By Golly
Wow", the old Philly Sound classic, "When She Loved Me" by Randy Newman,
and a unique version of "When I Look In Your Eyes" from the original Dr.
Doolittle musical, with an incredible & unusual solo from Anthony
Jackson on bass.
Amber's original song, "Queen of Mediocrity", features guitar god Scott
Henderson tearing a hole through the dark corners of your brain. And
Jazz great Michael Brecker joins Amber on the title cut playing with
such soul that it permeates your very existence. Rob teams up with Amber
and acoustic bassist Trey Henry to underscore with tenderness and
simplicity "When She Loved Me", an almost classical endeavor. Other
songs include a gorgeous gospel choir of LA's top singers & a vocoder
solo by Rob, playing along with friend & guitarist Brian Price.
There are two Old School Duets featured, the first with Jim Gilstrap of
Stevie Wonder fame ("You are The Sunshine of My Life"). Jim always
brings it on home the very first time around with his warm rich baritone
voice, and luscious falsetto. "Until Now" features a favorite partner of
Amber's, Leonard Tucker, who blends with her like milk with honey for a
playful romp echoing the classic group Sea Breeze.
artwork is by Lanet and photography by Rob Whitlock. (This CD is also enhanced
with an original short movie about the making of the Sketchin' projects
created by Amber, with artwork by Julius Pastorius and others and
included when you purchase CD!)
Amber Whitlock videos on Youtube.com
The Colours Of Life
Sketchin' Records 2005
Colours Of Life
Betcha By Golly Wow
Look for Ambers
new CD release, "The Circle" due out soon!