Laila Biali - Out of Dust (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Laila Biali - Out of Dust (2020) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Laila Biali - Out of Dust (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 51:20 minutes | 981 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali.

For nearly every major triumph—a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world—the singer-songwriter has faced a private debilitating crisis. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend, mourned a family member, and dealt with health challenges of her own. It was a period of change and heartache—but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest trials can produce something meaningful, if only to make us more empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

This hard-won optimism is apparent in the music. Instead of giving into the darkness, Out of the Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on.

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, “Revival.” Transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, she sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “Come on down / There’s a fire underground!” This fervor animates the entire album, even its quieter, more personal moments:

“Wendy’s Song,” a piano ballad dedicated to the friend she lost, turns the details of a single life into a powerful epic; “Glass House,” which she co-wrote with her husband, frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s struggle with mental health issues; “Take the Day Off” bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing with Biali singing that it’s OK to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to. Even “Take Me To The Alley,” the album’s sole cover, holds special meaning for Biali: she sang an ethereal version of the Gregory Porter song at her friend’s memorial.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband, Out of the Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including vocalist Lisa Fisher, saxophonists John Ellis and Godwin Louis, drummer Larnell Lewis, and trombonist Alan Ferber, who composed all the horn arrangements. The album’s collaborative atmosphere led to “Au pays de Cocagne,” Biali’s first French co-write, which was created with francophone singer Sonia Johnson.

“There's a line from a song by the indie gospel group, Gungor, that has become like an anthem to me,” Biali says. “‘He makes beautiful things out of dust.’ That's where the title for the album comes from, and as a songwriter and musician, my ultimate intention and hope is to spread a little more love.”

01. Revival (3:59)
02. The Monolith (5:14)
03. Glass House (4:56)
04. Wendy's Song (4:39)
05. Sugar (4:13)
06. Alpha Waves (4:09)
07. Au Pays De Cocagne (4:12)
08. Take Me to the Alley (5:23)
09. The Baker's Daughter (5:24)
10. Broken Vessels (5:35)
11. Take the Day Off (3:41)

Laila Biali / piano & vocals
Glenn Patscha / organ
Rich Brown / electric bass
George Koller / acoustic bass
Larnell Lewis / drums
Ben Wittman / drums & percussion

Godwin Louis / soprano sax
John Ellis / tenor sax & clarinets
Mike “Maz” Maher / trumpet
Remy Le Boeuf / alto sax & flutes
Alan Ferber / trombones
Strings & background vocals

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2020-03-25 11:16:49

Analyzed: Laila Biali / Out of Dust

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR6 -0.37 dB -8.40 dB 3:59 01-Revival
DR7 -0.54 dB -9.44 dB 5:14 02-The Monolith
DR7 -0.09 dB -10.29 dB 4:56 03-Glass House
DR7 -0.43 dB -10.20 dB 4:39 04-Wendy's Song
DR7 -0.52 dB -9.94 dB 4:13 05-Sugar
DR7 -0.35 dB -9.53 dB 4:09 06-Alpha Waves
DR8 -0.60 dB -11.64 dB 4:12 07-Au Pays De Cocagne
DR8 -0.62 dB -11.88 dB 5:23 08-Take Me to the Alley
DR7 -0.31 dB -9.49 dB 5:24 09-The Baker's Daughter
DR6 -0.48 dB -9.08 dB 5:35 10-Broken Vessels
DR10 -0.80 dB -13.04 dB 3:41 11-Take the Day Off

Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR7

Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2471 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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