The Big Picture

The Big Picture

by Kat Edmonson


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Austin-based singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson has built a cult following around her cherubic, jazz-inflected songs. And while she has always utilized the colorful harmonies and clever lyrical melodies of jazz and American popular song, at her core she's a jazz-influenced pop artist, and this album finds her embracing those sensibilities more than ever. If Edmonson's 2012 sophomore album, Way Down Low, found her moving even further afield from the cabaret jazz of 2009's Take to the Sky, then 2014's The Big Picture reveals another evolution toward an all-original approach to making music. Working with producer Mitchell Froom, Edmonson wrote and/or co-wrote all of the songs on The Big Picture. Froom, no stranger to the art of presenting quirky singer/songwriters, having worked with such similarly inclined artists as Ron Sexsmith, Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, and others, is the perfect collaborator for Edmonson. Here, he frames her lilting, Billie Holiday-meets-Blossom Dearie vocals with the kind of '50s and '60s traditional pop sound that Edmonson lightly flirted with on Way Down Low. However, on The Big Picture the singer truly makes this style her own. There is a charming, vintage vibe to many of the album's tracks, with Froom and Edmonson striking a nice balance between cuts that have a retro, orchestral AM pop sound, such as the swinging ballad "Oh My Love," and a more contemporary folk sound, as on the poignant "All the Way." Elsewhere, Edmonson delves into Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western drama ("You Can't Break My Heart"), breezy '60s lounge music ("Avion"), and Brill Building echo-chamber romanticism ("For Two"). Ultimately, by bringing all of her influences together with Froom's help, Edmonson's own unmistakable sound comes into fine focus on The Big Picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888430845923
catalogNumber: 308459

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Performance Credits

Kat Edmonson   Primary Artist,Chimes,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Dutz   Vibes
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
George Doering   Guitar
Davey Faragher   Bass
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Chimes,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Val McCallum   Banjo,Guitar
David Piltch   Double Bass
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Michael Urbano   Percussion,Drums
Ian Walker   Double Bass
Bob Gloub   Bass
Jeff Young   Piano
Chris Lovejoy   Percussion,Marimbas
Brian Wolfe   Percussion,Drums
Lori Stuntz   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Aaron Thurston   Drums
Andrew Bulbrook   Violin
Jonathan Moerschel   Viola
Eric Byers   Cello
Benjamin Jacobson   Violin
Steve Elliot   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mitchell Froom   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Miles Zuniga   Composer
Jason Blum   Composer
David Boucher   Engineer
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Kevin Lovejoy   Composer
Kat Edmonson   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Steve Elliot   Composer

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