REVIEW by SCOTT YANOW, to be released in May 2014 at the
LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE
Reviens is singer and songwriter Silvie Rider-Young’s second CD since moving to Austin, Texas with her husband pianist-organist Red Young in 2007. Ms. Young was born and raised in Switzerland, had classical piano lessons from the age of nine, and at 18 was inspired to become a jazz singer after seeing Betty Carter perform. She performed throughout Europe and Japan with her own bands before her relocation to the U.S., and has since been an active performer in the United States. Her American debut CD was 2010’s Je Te Connais.
In 2010, Rider-Young performed at an Edith Piaf tribute. Five of those songs are included on Reviens along with two classical pieces, a few jazz standards, and three originals on which she wrote the music and the lyrics. She is joined by two rhythm sections that feature Red Young on piano and organ, plus guest horn players on five of the 15 selections.
The music on Reviens covers a wide range of styles. The program begins with Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” which has Silvie Rider-Young displaying a fetching voice with a straightforward and warm delivery. Trumpeter Ephraim Owens is a strong asset on that performance. A medium-tempo version of “Beautiful Love” benefits from the use of two trombonists (Andre Hayward and Mike Mordecai) on an inventive arrangement that has them playing behind both the vocal and the piano solo. “Padam,” “Milord,” “No Regrets,” “Hymne A Lamour,” and “La Vie En Rose” are from the Edith Piaf tribute and display Silvie Rider-Young’s comfort at singing French Chanson music and emotional ballads, giving the music plenty of honest feeling.
“Angel Eyes, with Sam Lipman on tenor, has Rider-Young getting pretty passionate during an extroverted and expressive rendition. Her original “6000 Miles Away” is an intense love song to her husband. She also performs “You Go To My Head” (with Mike Malone helping out on tenor), “Reviens” (a piece in which the singer wrote the French lyrics which translates to “Come Back Please”), the dramatic “If You Go Away,” and the assertive “You Got The Key to My Heart” (with Red Young prominent on organ). In her composition “Arab Spring,” she honors the courage of Malala to stand up for both education and women. Rider-Young plays piano on “You Go To My Head” and a sensitive version of Bach’s “Ave Maria,” clearly enjoying performing with the two masterful bassists John Fremgen and Daniel Durham.
Whether it is jazz, ballads or Edith Piaf songs, Silvie Rider-Young‘s voice sounds beautiful and powerful throughout Reviens. It is well worth exploring.
Scott Yanow, author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76
Jeff Williams: Kari-On Productions LLC.
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The samples of Reviens contain a very unique combination of playing, singing and arrangements; the various techniques and styles you explore with your ensemble and your singing is very enjoyable. I really appreciate the playing and singing on “Beautiful Love;” outstanding feel, very nice phrasing of the melody, great vocal sound, and the music is very enjoyable.
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TRIBUTE to PIAF
SILVIE RIDER-YOUNG SINGS EDITH PIAF
RADIO KUT : ” Views&Brews” www.KUT.org
Host: REBECCA MCINROY
special Guest: Dr. Bette Oliver, Historian and Poet
University “Cafe Cactus” www.cactuscafe.org
UT Austin , Tx. U.S.A.
Tuesday,July 24,2012 // 6 – 7 PM//
SILVIE RIDER-YOUNG: Vocals
RED YOUNG: Piano
DANIEL DURHAM: Contra Bass
Lunch with Masumi
DEAR FRIENDS of JAZZ+MUSIC+CHANSON,
This Year 2011 was and still is for me- a Year of working, finishing and writing-in Music
as well as in official Affairs as in permanent Residence and other important matters – always learning as well as enjoying-mostly out of the “public eye”-besides a couple of private nice Music Events and some good Studio and recording Time in Los Angeles.
so…Time to Celebrate…hopefully with all of you… !!!!
New Swiss-American Citizen : Silvie Rider-Young….!!!!
Yes!!! It is official!! I have to pay now my Taxes in the U.S.A.!!!
after a tough! but fair Procedere of The Naturalisation among with other Aliens from all over the World…Much Thanks to great Attorney at Law Paul Parsons and of course to my SoulMan the One and Only Red Young. CHEERS!!!
SILVIE RIDER; RED YOUNG QUINTET
Mike Melone Saxofone Soprano & Tenor
Daniel Durham Contra Bass
Rob Kazenel Drums,Percussion
Date: Friday, November 25 (9:30 PM – 1.30 )AM
Where: The Elephant Room , Austin Downtown
315 Congress Ave., www.elephantroom.com
ABIA’s live music to hit 5,000th show
Musicians play at five locations, 15 shows a week
AUSTIN (KXAN) – A big milestone happens Friday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — its 5,000th live music performance.
Jazz musicians Silvie Rider and Red Young will play on the Asleep at the Wheel stage, next to Ray Benson’s Roadhouse restaurant.
Travelers who will be in the airport from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. can catch the show.
Friday will be proclaimed DNC/ABIA 5000th Performance Day. The proclamation is scheduled for the Austin City Council meeting on Thursday night. Airport concessionaire Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services has provided funding for all 5,000 performances. They are produced in cooperation with the city’s Aviation Department. The Music in the Air program has been playing at ABIA since 1999, started one month after the airport opened, with two shows per week. It has now grown to 13 shows a week and will expand to 15 per week in November. The program has become a model for other cities who are working to implement an airport music program, according to Terry Mahlum, DNC’s general manager and regional director.
Performances take place in five different locations in the airport:
Ray Bensonís Roadhouse
The Saxon Pub
Earl Campbellís Sports Bar
Austin City Limits/Waterloo Records & Video.
All live music venues are accessible to ticketed passengers only, after they have gone through the security checkpoints.
FEEDBACK from Bryan Farrish Radio Station in Santa Monica, California
written by Kenny Madrid, June 2011
June Caldwell, Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion
Artist: Silvie Rider
Album: Je Te Connais
This elegant and classy album feels as if it were recorded live, in a smoky joint once frequented by the Rat Pack. No two songs alike, Silvie Rider experiments with everything from synthesizers to Spanish guitar solos, all while tugging on the heart strings of the listeners.
Track 2 No Worry, No Hurryñ This song takes a turn for the silkier. Scat is bolstered by a sweet harmonization of the background vocals. A synthesizer fuses old school with new school jazz as elegantly as anyone has done.
Track 3 Les Feuilles Mortes/Autumn Leaves ñ The best way that one can describe this track is that it feels like love and loss all wrapped into one. It takes the listener on a sultry roller-coaster finish with the listener’s hair blown and slicked back in a better style than it began.
Track 11 Nature Boy ñ This track moves from a cigar filled bar, to a distant waterfall. Experimenting with rainmakers and other earthy instruments, this song seamlessly transitions into a remake Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” giving this song a spin that not even Moulin Rouge could live up to.
Reviewed by Kenny Madrid of Bryan Farris Radio Promotions
Musically, June Caldwell, Radio Promotion Consultant, Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion 1828 Broadway, 2nd floor, Ste. C Santa Monica, CA 90404 P: 310-998-8305, Ext. 19 F: 310-998 8323 *Bringing new music to radio since 1998*
JazzCorner News – March 2011
Bass: Rocky Knauer, Voice: Silvie Rider
To jazz vocalist Silvie Rider, the universal language of music is bilingual. On her new album Je Te Connais, Rider effortlessly sings in English and French, losing no emotional weight with either one. It’s no gimmick or arty pretension; they are merely flip sides of her talent, like a baseball player who can swing the bat from either side.
Rider is a commanding presence, her voice literally demanding attention with whatever tone she chooses to utilize. On her own composition, “No Worry No Hurry,” Rider is playful, her smoky vocals leading on Red Young’s swirling Hammond B3 organ.
In her version of Cole Porter’s “Everytime We Say Goodbye,” Rider is both melancholy and sultry, her feelings of romantic longing perfectly complemented by Lon Price’s crestfallen saxophone and Young’s loving piano.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Rider’s passion for music was inherited from her family, but it cut deeper than that, reaching into the recesses of her soul. “When I was six-years-old, I was visiting my Aunt Helen and uncle’s pastor (Fritz Brechtbuehl’s) at their house in Murten, Switzerland for a few days. There was a piano, and I started playing and listening to tones and sounds of the piano for hours it seemed to me. I was enchanted and absolutely mesmerized; it just felt great and right, like discovering home,” Rider remembered. “This feeling never left me. I dragged my parents to let me learn how to play the piano and then finally, at 9-years-old, I got classical piano lessons from a musician friend of my dad (Franz Sumi, a great accordion player). My dad is an accomplished accordionist and loves to play music, so yes, music is in the family.”
Throughout the years Rider’s relationship with music took on a more spiritual context. “My views on music grow generally wider and deeper by expanding my perspectives and necessary personal growth on many levels,” Rider explained. “The practice of meditation and consciousness is essential to me, too, as is reading a lot and training my body, soul, and spirit.” Nevertheless, her goals for Je Te Connais are grounded in a business sense as well. “A record deal or a booking agency is nice, too,” she said.
Review in The Los Angeles Jazz Scene – May 2010
Silvie Rider, who is from Switzerland, is classically trained. She earned a teaching degree, spent time performing in Munich, and recorded several albums. After meeting pianist-organist Red Young in 2006, they were married and now are based out of Austin, Texas. Je Te Connais features the singer performing in both English and French with the highlights including a sensuous version of ìI Love Paris,î ìAutumn Leaves,î ìGiant Stepsî and ìNature Boy.î She also sings two of her originals, a few poppish and cabaret numbers, and some beautiful ballads. With fine accompaniment by Red Young, a rhythm section and occasional horn players (including trumpeter Ephraim Owens and flutist Alex Coke) Silvie Rider’s American debut features the singer in fine form, full of enthusiasm, and displaying her versatility and warmth. This set is available from www.silvierider.com.
Live on the ” KOOP 91.7″ RADIO SHOW with TED BRANSON
Under the X in Texas
Tuesday,10-11PM , November 23rd 2010
INTERVIEW & live SONGS played by special Guests: SILVIE RIDER & RED YOUNG
featuring the Album “Je Te Connais” as well as new Concerts/gigs/ actuell Projects…and more….
Review at AllAboutJazz.com – May 2010
Munich borne Silvie Rider moved to her husband’s (Red Young) home of Austin, Texas and recorded a half-Anglophone/half-Francophone album. If that is not the top of multicultural blending, then nothing is. Okay, but first, who is Red Young? Oddly, he would be the keyboard player of late of Eric Burdon and the Animals. Could this story grow stranger? Perhaps, only if Tiny Tim made an appearance and, gratefully, that did not happen. And if that is not enough, this is all taking place in the State of Texas, no less. With the female jazz vocalist market drowning in recordings, it would be criminal not to listen to all of them, as few of them are really bad. Broad listening better clarifies what is a good release and what is an exceptional one.
Silvie Rider’s debut, Je Te Connais (“I Know You”) is a European breath of fresh air. Her lightly accented English gives her breathy purr a hurricane’s worth of sex appeal. Couple this with husband Red Young’s keen arrangements, and Je Te Connais becomes a jazz vocal offering that rises to the top for attention. The opener, “I Love Paris” is a perfect beginning to this collection. Singing in French and English, Rider imparts a sharp sophistication to the standard. The original “No Worry, No Hurry” showcases Rider’s thick sensuality over a strutting, confident piano line. Young’s organ playing produces a complex mix that swirls.
“Autumn Leaves” is given a like presentation, with Alex Coke’s flute spicing things up nicely, giving a sharp citrus edge to Rider’s humid, languid vocals. The title piece, a Rider original, is all Serge Gainsbourg, from the whispered-spoken French introduction over a mantra beat to the lush orchestration. “Everytime We Say Good Bye,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” and “My Foolish Heart” make up the ballad core of the recording. Rider’s voice is elastic like Betty Carter’s, and all- knowing and informed like Edith Piaf. Rider and the The Beatles both benefit of Young’s arrangement of “Tomorrow Never Knows,” with the singer’s voice doubling the propulsive head.
Rider spins John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” into the disc’s highlight, backed brightly by Young and Sam Lipman, who plays an autumn-dry saxophone Rider scats with the best of them on this exceeding difficult song. Alex Cook’s bass flute introduces a spooky, smokyt closer, “Nature Boy,” summing up the proceedings with the same drowsy sexuality that permeates the disc from beginning to end. Je Te Connais delivers on all entertainment fronts.
PDF – U.S.A. Album + DEBUT + RELEASE
PR letter – May 2010
JAZZFEST MUENCHEN, 20 Jahre J.I.M., 2009!
SILVIE RIDER & RED YOUNG (Oct.15th 2009)
live recording by BR.Bayrischer Rundfunk and Interview by Beate Sampson, played on air, BR 4 CLASSIC, January 2010 BR LIVE Concert, JAZZFEST MUENCHEN, 20Jahre J.I.M. 0ct.15-18th 2009, “SILVIE RIDER&RED YOUNG” on air 2.2.2010, click Link BR 4 Classic