"With 'Today' Louise Alexandra (fka Louise Van van Aarsen) has fully arrived...a smart collection of carefully crafted standards and memorable originals that bring her art into sharp focus, and leave the listener inspired and moved"
(C Michael Bailey)
"..great composer...I am so impressed with every song, each so different from the next. In theme, arrangement, story telling, all of it. Really nice work.."
(Susan 'Greenberg' Silvestrone)
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On "Today" Louise Alexandra (fka Van Aarsen) presents a brand new collection of original tunes, inspired by life and love, stories that are accordingly diverse in arrangement, rhythm and feel. The few jazz standards included on this album have an original twist.
Rebecca Parris once again directed the recording sessions (at Peter Kontrimas' PBS Studios in Westwood, MA) but sadly did not live to see this project come to fruition. Yet, her strong presence in the production can be heard...along with the amazing band: Paul McWilliams (piano), Fernando Huergo (bass), Martin Vazquez (drums), Mike Turk (harmonica) and Bill Vint (sax). Doug Hammer plays piano on selected tracks and mastered the production.
Vocalist Miriam Waks is featured on two songs. One of Louise's three talented daughters, Mae van Aarsen (who designed the album cover!) is also featured. Backing vocals by Sue Sheriff & Debbie Lane.
studio session early 2020...
Louise and daughter Mae Van Aarsen:
all about L-O-V-E!