Bell, formerly a 80s fixture on the Bay Area jazz scene, has offered only rare appearances these last several years, but returns to the Yoshi’s stage to celebrate her January 2014 release with Marcos Silva. In the 80s, she performed at Yoshi’s first Claremont store on a weekly
basis when her Concord recordings with Stan Getz, Eddie Duran, and Tom Harrell were in current play. Scott Thompson on bass, and Phil Thompson on drums round out the trio, with a special guest appearance by former Miles Davis alum, Barry Finnerty on guitar (a guest
on the CD) for a handful of songs.
Bell’s performances are quite sporadic, making this show a rare opportunity to share the elation of this current music merger. The CD also contains a guest appearance by steel pan drummer, Andy Narell. Tickets are $25, reserved seats available with pre-show dinner.
Silva • Bell • Elation Reviews:
Silva – Bell – Elation is a tantalizing album that will leave the listener mourning for the 20 years of great music missed out on while Dee Bell was recovering from the Sagacious Grace fiasco. – Jack Goodman, Music Review, January 2014, blogcritics.org
“Silva* Bell * Elation is the meeting of two cultures through music. Bell’s beautiful and subtle voice floats above Silva’s Brazilian rhythms. The material covers a number of formats but all are infused with South American rhythms. The best example of a song’s transformation is Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” which replaces the guitar part with four saxophones. It emerges as a train roaring through a tunnel, which provides the foundation for Bell’s voice….Dee Bell’s career has been resurrected. Silva * Bell * Elation is a musical journey into a fusion sound that treads the delicate line between two distinct forms of jazz music.” – David Bowling, CashBox, cashboxmusicreviews.wordpress.com
“Backed by Silva, steel drummer Andy Narell, guitarist Barry Finnerty, bassist Scott Thompson, drummer Phil Thompson and 17-year-old saxophonist Chris Sullivan, Bell sings in her trademark earthy voice with relaxed assurance, as if she'd never been away. And her creative selection of material — including unusual renditions of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," Lennon and McCartney's "I Will," Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy" and Joni Mitchell's "Night in the City" — is inspired. With "Elation," Bell seamlessly picks up where she left off 25 years ago.” – Paul Libertore, Marin Independent Journal, Press Play January 2014, marinij.com
“ Unlike the pretentious if not self indulgent use of "vibe" in the smooth jazz radio format, the lyrical mood embraces that bright and breezy Brazilian feel while imaginative arrangements highlight a truly engaging recording.” – Brent Black, BopNJazz, Criticaljazz.com