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– 9 May 2022
Beatrice Betley Serves Up Inviting Jazz on ‘Upside Down’
Luxurious, emotion-laced jazz.
Guided by her passion for ’80s pop, Flamenco, Fado, and Argentinian folk music, Beatrice Betley introduces her debut album, Upside Down via Not A Fox Records.
Originally from Hamburg, Germany, where as a child she began playing guitar and recorder, followed by adding piano to her repertoire, Beatrice now resides and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Referring to her sound as “CrossOver Jazz,” her music has been submitted to the 2021 Grammy Awards in three categories: Best Jazz Vocal Album, Best New Artist, and Producer of the Year.
Encompassing eight-tracks, the album begins with “Flow,” traveling on a funky rhythm topped by Beatrice’s deliciously inflected voice, exuding edgy sensuality.
From a subjective viewpoint, entry points include “Lullaby,” featuring a suave, oozing saxophone intro flowing into a sparkling undulating melody flavored with Latin tangs. Beatrice’s voice, velvety and oh so melodic, infuses the lyrics with warm textures.
“Sunshine” rides rolling, shuffling jazz energy topped by Beatrice’s alluring tones backed by luscious scatting harmonies. A definite feel good tune, this song bubbles with frothy dynamics. The title track ebbs and flows on creamy filaments of sound, rippling with suggestive erotic hues. A personal favorite, there’s a plush quixotic mist surrounding this track, making it hypnotic.
Another gem is “Words,” simply because of its gentle palpitating textures drifting on a low-slung saxophone dripping with sumptuous ambiance, while Beatrice imbues the lyrics with soft yearning echoes rife with nostalgia.
The final track, “Gone,” fuses funk-lite momentum with hints of voluptuous pop, giving the tune an urgent tension. I love the drums on this track, rolling and breaking with finessed cracks, akin to small, sonic explosions. Chock-full of tantalizing strands of recollection and tints of sharp tangs, Beatrice invests the lyrics with a feverish weight.
Because of her gift for rhythm and mood, on Upside Down, Beatrice offers tasty jazz accessible to those who are not jazz aficionados.
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Beatrice Betley’s new album Upside Down ventures into the realms of the fantastical and the different. It is an album that shows off Betley’s skills as a performer and a songwriter.
Songs such as opener “Flow,” and “Mr Maran,” demonstrate Betley’s potential and show that she is not to be trifled with when it comes to the subtle grooves and variations that make Jazz such a great genre.
Songs like “Lullaby,” and “Sunshine,” let the listener delve into a softer side of Betley, whilst also allowing them to truly appreciate her skill and passion.
The finale that sees “Egotripper,” slide effortlessly into “Gone,” is simply fantastic.
This is an album that all jazz and music lovers should get when it is released.
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BEATRICE BETLEY REVEALS STUNNING NEW JAZZ ALBUM “UPSIDE DOWN”
Beatrice Betley pulls out all of the stops on her latest record “Upside Down,” which graces our ears today.
This record has been a long time coming for Beatrice who has released a series of successful singles leading up to today. Beatrice is an acclaimed Jazz vocalist who has been making waves in a major way.
Personal favorites on the record include songs such as “Flow,” “Sunshine,” and “Egotripper ,” which prove Betley’s talent not only as a songwriter as well.
Beatrice has been submitted to the 2021 Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Vocal Album,” “Best New Artist,” and “Producer of the Year.” Beatrice is an acclaimed vocalist, producer, songwriter and composer, whose roots originated in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout her musical travels, her love of the craft started at an early age. Singing basically before she could even walk, Beatrice learned to play the guitar, recorder, and recently the piano to add to her repertoire. Her music spans genres as she blends elements of Jazz, 80s pop, EDM, Argentinian Folk and dashes of Flamenco and Fado.
As 2020 comes quickly to a close it’s safe to say that Beatrice Betley is on her way to becoming a household name in the Jazz world.
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