West Coast singer-songwriter hipster Mark Winkler, who produced Lauren White’s latest, has long maintained a predilection for vintage L.A. themes, primarily the cool California sound of the 1950s and ‘60s. Here he turns up the heat and turns back the clock, rewinding a decade or so to the era of classic film noir. Continue reading →
With her newest CD, the increasingly intriguing and commanding Lauren White turns in a solid series of performances. While many of the songs chosen might bring up movie memories for many, this is no by-the-numbers set of just usual suspects done the usual way. Out of the Past: Jazz & Noir looks to the genre of film noir, but White brings light to the dark with an assured and blithe presence and a voice that doesn’t linger in the languid zone only, or try to be a latter-day femme fatale. The enterprise feels satisfyingly contemporary and fresh without defeating the purpose of revisiting a style by turning it on its head to be maniacally modern.
Lauren White is successful at so many of the arts – including the performing arts – and talented in every one of them that you begin to wonder, at some point, how she chooses what to do. Continue reading →
“On her exquisite and imaginative third album, versatile jazz stylist Lauren White brings the past into a fresh, hip and delightful present, fashioning colorful new twists on inspiring and dynamic but often obscure tunes from classic film noirs, including “He’s Funny That Way” from The Postman Always Rings Twice and “I’d Rather Have the Blues” from Kiss Me Deadly. Finding emotional sweet spots amid the lush and vibrant production of Mark Winkler, the embracing arrangements of Kathryn Bostic, and some top sidemen, White alternates beautifully between moments of deep, haunting intimacy and lively sass, wit and swing.” –Jonathan Widran