Joel Shapira Guitarist
 
  Pure Imagination

Charmin Michelle - Vocals
Joel Shapira - Guitars

Featuring:
Paul Harper - Flute & Saxophone
Tom Lewis - String Bass
Nathan Norman - Drums

Vocalist Charmin Michelle and guitarist Joel Shapira have performed together in various musical settings for close to a decade. Michelle's previous CD releases "Your Eyes", "Destination Moon" and "Hot" have earned her the respect and admiration of both critics and audiences alike, and have put her at the forefront of the Twin Cities jazz vocal scene. Shapira's past CD releases with his acclaimed jazz trio Triplicate, entitled "Triplicate" and "Day & Age", have received enthusiastic reviews and extensive airplay locally and beyond.

In their debut collaborative effort "Pure Imagination", Charmin Michelle and Joel Shapira showcase their unique musical insight into the Great American Songbook by exploring it in a highly personalized guitar/vocal duo format. The duo is also joined by three outstanding veterans of the Twin Cities jazz scene: Nathan Norman on drums, Tom Lewis on bass, and Paul Harper on tenor saxophone and flute. The result is a modern approach that highlights Michelle's relaxed sense of swing and the delicate beauty of her voice, and pairs it with Shapira's sensitive accompaniment and formidable soloing skills.

 
Charmin & Shapira
Pure Imagination
01. On Green Dolphin Street
02. Ask Me Now
03. Straight, No Chaser
04. Night and Day
05. Pure Imagination
06. Love For Sale
07. Dindi
08. Blue Prelude
09. A Time For Love
10. You Go To My Head
11. Dearly Beloved

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With Pure Imagination, Charmin & Shapira bring nearly ten years of collaboration to eleven diverse tunes largely drawn from the Great American Songbook. Four tracks feature simply the vocal/guitar duo; six tracks feature the all-star quintet with Harper, Lewis, and Norman; and Michelle sits out the final track and lets the instrumentalists stretch out on their own...

- Andrea Canter - Jazz Police

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