Produced by Lorraine Feather and Eddie Arkin
Lyrics and vocals: Lorraine Feather
Music: Eddie Arkin and Shelly Berg
Piano: Fred Hersch, Shelly Berg, Russell Ferrante
Bass: James Genus, Michael Valerio
Drums: Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Shapiro
Guitar: Gilad Hekselman, Grant Geissman, Eddie Arkin
Clarinet, alto flute: Dan Higgins
Cover photography: Sarah Ann Loreth
Booklet Photography: Mikel Healey
Lyrics (pdf download)
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Lorraine's newest toon, animated by George Griffin, is for the title song of Math Camp: click here to watch.
QUOTES ABOUT MATH CAMP
At this point in her career, Feather could find a way to spin the phonebook into a collection of engaging and catchy tunes.
Feather’s latest is another wellspring of cleverness that bounces between sweet, sardonic, poignant and mirthful ... think of it as an intellectual jazz lab dedicated to the dissection of the human condition.
Math Camp contains the most cleverly composed original songs since, well, Feather's last recording, Flirting with Disaster ... this is perfect music.
The recording has a range and depth both lyrically and musically. The set is funny, reflective, romantic and even otherworldly. Feather’s distinctive and clarifying delivery is mesmerizing and compelling to listen to, as the words and notes intertwine.
I think she has marked new boundaries for herself as an artist and created a bigger, more dazzling musical ballpark for jazz and jazz song.
- Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Cafe—WBAI, NY
Lorraine Feather has carved a niche not just for her jazz delivery but for unique and almost Tom Waits-like lyrics to moody and sepia toned songs. She mixes bop with eerie bohemia ... gets you into the corners of life on "In A Hot Minute" and "Some Kind of Einstein." Cerebral swing.
– Jazz Weekly
Both the music and words of Math Camp flow through one’s mind like a soft, smoke-filled, uneasy series of dreams whose meanings seem perfectly clear when asleep.
– The Art Music Lounge
Her music is erudite, many of her lyrics are clever, even funny, and, judging by the songs on her new album Math Camp, she can write ballads as powerfully as Randy Newman.
She makes unconventional thoughts accessible ... Who knows where Feather will go next? ... Only she knows. But we know that captivating thought, wry poetry and quirky melodies will continue to capture her listeners’ attention about complicated subjects in ways that no one else can.
Fascinating ... emotionally rich ...Seriously, Math Camp is a delight from start-to-finish and will send ripples through your personal universe for many a day and night.
- Step Tempest
QUOTES ABOUT LORRAINE
͞Zany observations ... a conversational ease ... suggests Dave Frishberg in double time, mixed with the antic playfulness of Jon Hendricks.
Stephen Holden - The New York Times
͞Stunning complexities ... tricky inner rhymes, offbeat stories ... astonishing vocal dexterity.
Don Heckman - The Los Angeles Times
͞Great jazz lyricists are not easy to find ... Feather can turn a phrase with the best of them. Her nimble style does justice to both melody and lyrics.
Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune
͞Her stuff glitters and gleams and makes you think of Dorothy Parker or Norah Ephron ... Feather͛s voice is intimate and agile ... her words witty, nostalgic, critical, fanciful, bitchy and romantic by turns.
Tony Gieske - The Hollywood Reporter
͞Energetic, enchanting, and exceptional ... She͛s utterly comfortable and confident ... sings her meticulous, clever poetry in a silvery, light voice.
Carol Sloane - DOWNBEAT
͞What can be said that hasn͛t already been said of Lorraine Feather? A pop and fizz worthy of Annie Ross at the height of her vocalese powers ... pure genius.
Christopher Loudon - Jazz Times
͞Intricate and intelligent ... her delivery easy but never facile ... Lorraine Feather͛s voice, lyrics, and original point of view measure up to her roots.
Elzy Kolb - Jazziz
͞Easily one of the most creative lyricists of her generation ... Feather͛s skills as an actress and her infectious, versatile voice add to her appeal.
Ken Dryden - All Music Guide
͞A natural storyteller ... delivering her clever verbal conceits with marvelous clarity.
͞To simply call her a singer, detracts from what truly sets her apart ... her ability to put into words the small and profound incongruities of life.
Hugo Kugiya - The Seattle Times
͞She shares a remarkable skill with Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ira Gershwin ... but Feather goes a different direction with her talents ... twisted humor ... a nouveau bebop sound ...
Bob Karlovits - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
͞What a joy, what a delight ... surprise-filled lyrics ...[her songs] seem to shimmer between past and present ...
Chip Deffaa - The New York Post
͞Emotional, sardonic, hilariously poignant and piquant ...The lyrics are evocative and deeply imbued with her edgy trademarks ...
Carl Hager - All About Jazz
͞Lorraine Feather is that rare artist who can make time stand still ... She could very well be the O. Henry of jazz.
Carol Banks Weber
͞Brooding, dark, mournful and fun ... that Feather has hit her full musical maturity is beyond question; that she has hit her peak is still in doubt.
Thomas R. Erdmann
͞Very strange and marvelous ... [her] vocal control is breathtaking ...Feather passionately shows that what we conceal reveals more than what we display.
Steve Horowitz - PopMatters
͞Paints imaginative word pictures that are rhythmically complex, yet as clear as her voice.
Bill Falconer - Coda
͞Fierce wit and literacy ... probably the most unusual singer in America, [and] the most underrated musical figure around.
Jeff Simon - Buffalo News
͞Finds the sweet spot where Kurt Weil, jazz period Joni Mitchell and Dave Frishberg might have collaborated ... simply a mind-blower.
Chris Spector - Midwest Record
͞A hip, happening, very unusual approach to jazz ... wonderfully offbeat.
Paul Freeman - San Jose Mercury News
͞Much more than a mere jazz singer ... one of the most exceptional lyric-writers of our day, a sort of hipper, post-modern Lorenz Hart.
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare
͞Remarkable. The songs conform abstract thought into song ... ingenious vocal acrobatics.
Tom Danna - PM Magazine
She's one courageous writer. She executes this high-wire act without a net and lands on her feet every time.
͞The most skillful of the new crop of lyricists ... her work blooms and stands out from the rest.
More than any other contemporary singer or songwriter, Lorraine Feather has captured the heart and soul of the contemporary "I".