Pianist, composer, vocalist, and arranger, Hannah Baiardi‘s second full-length album, Straight from the Soul is to be released 22 March.
Drawing on influences from the likes of Sade, Seal, Chris Botti, and Diana Krall the album features a sultry and evocative compilation of original compositions and fresh takes on movie classics.
Collaborations on the album include renowned Detroit-based jazz musicians such as Marion Hayden, Pete Siers, Bill Lucas, Jesus Sanchez, Anthony Wyatt, Karen Tomalis, Matt Lorusso, Ryan King, and David Magumba Baliwnke.
On the heels of Baiardi’s past three singles and 2018 EP release, Straight from the Soul draws on soul/jazz-pop and New Age, ultimately leading to what is a fresh and contemporary sound that, says Hannah, challenges the expectations about what it means to be a woman in jazz today.
Produced in Michigan by Eric Wojahn and Josh Weichemann at Solid Sound Studios, the album aptly demonstrates Baiardi’s range – from haunting melodies such as The Windmills of your Mind to the low-fi, understated yet soulful croons on Let Go.
All up, Straight from the Soul livens the spirits, and provides a sense of solace, calm and hope for listeners.