Don't Make Me Laugh
\'DON\'T MAKE ME LAUGH\' Janelle Sadler/ Little Precious Records By JIM SANTELLA All About Jazz.com What stands out on \'Don\'t Make Me Laugh\' is the vibrancy with which Janelle Sadler swings and scats with fluid ease. Articulate and instantly communicative, she\'s a singer who relates to a broad audience. Jazz and popular music hold hands together on this recommended album. Like a family that hangs out together seven nights a week, Sadler\'s ensemble supports her with intuitive refrains. Even Jimi Hendrix\'s \'Manic Depression\' comes together with a pert and saucy texture. Here, she pefers an organ combo mood that let's the music flow like a healing salve. Robin Swenson, her husband and musical director, ensures that every tune rocks with fiery passion. Sadler\'s hearty alto voice let's her interpret with feelings alive. She\'s convincing. As a backup singer for Donny Osmond, Natalie Cole, Deneice Williams and The Mamas and The Papas, she\'s demonstrated this warmth time and time again. Now, it\'s her showcase, and what a pleasure the session delivers. \'Don\'t Make Me Laugh\' simmers with the inner emotions of a ballad conceived in a moment of passion. Sadler brings the song out and pours the feelings onto her audience. These invisible emotional twinges expand far and wide. Mose Allison\'s \'If You Live\' and Swenson\'s \'The Wagon\' bring out the best qualities from all, as Sadler and her piano trio express with the deep feeling found in the blues. It will put a smile on your face. Don\'t miss it! JANELLE SADLER CD "DON\'T MAKE ME LAUGH" TAMPA FLORIDA native JANELLE SADLER has sung backups with many top name acts since her move to Los Angeles ten years ago. However it was her three year touring experience with NATALIE COLE which helped her to look at her singing in a new way. \'Observing how diligently Natalie works to reinvent herself in her career and continue to grow as a singer inspired me to step out for myself.\' said JANELLE from her California home. The result is the elegantly understated jazz album entitled "Don't Make Me Laugh" which features 2 standards, 4 originals and 4 jazz influenced pop covers. \'As someone who sang rock, pop and jazz at a young age in the Florida clubs, it was fun to cover JIMI HENDRIX\'S \'MANIC DEPRESSION\' with a groovy swing approach!\' Laughs Janelle. \'I tried to pick songs that remind me of where I came from, as well as where I\'m headed as an artist.\' JANELLE\'S other album credits include lead vocals for such artists as legendary bassist CHUCK RAINEY and premier session guitarist MICHAEL THOMPSON. She recently sang backups on actor DANIEL BENZALI's new CD "Benzali" featuring the talents of AL SCHMITT. Her national television appearances include \'THE TONIGHT SHOW\',\'ROSIE O\'DONNELL SHOW\', and \'THE TODAY SHOW\' to name a few. She even appeared on \'MTV SPRINGBREAK\' playing guitar behind MANDY MOORE. \'As far as musical influences go, I\'d have to say JONI MITCHELL, ARETHA FRANKLIN, CHAKA KAHN, ELLA, rocker ANN WILSON, Boston's REBECCA PARRIS.....Anyone who has chops, can tell a soulful story and retain an intimacy with the listener impresses me.\' said Janelle. \'It isn\'t about looks or fashion, or some temporary \'sound\' that\'s popular. It\'s about the story. Will the audience be emotionally transported? That\'s what it\'s all about for me, and that\'s my goal as a singer.\'