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Autographed CD of 'Duo Encounters' album

Dot Time Records is excited to announce the March 24, 2023 release of Duo Encounters, the electrifying new album from stellar vocalist Lizzie Thomas.


Duo Encounters features twelve thoughtful, innovative performances of timeless jazz standards, arranged for a duo context, pairing Thomas with a ‘who’s who’ of jazz’s front-line. The album begins with a sultry rendition of “Love For Sale”, featuring pianist Helio Alves which exemplifies, from the very first downbeat, Thomas’ warm vocal tone and the intentionality and soul that the vocalist packs behind every note. Next, Thomas communes with Mr. Ron Carter for a spirited performance of “Willow Weep For Me”. This piece is one of the finest examples of the stellar interplay Thomas employs throughout the release with her duo partners.

Another highlight from the release is Thomas’ heart-rending rendition of “My Foolish Heart” alongside guitarist Russell Malone. Malone provides a perfect sonic backdrop over which Thomas’ vocals soar. A stunning and unique offering is Thomas’ take on the classic “ Lush Life” alongside saxophonist Wayne Escoffery - Thomas’ vocal quality and story-telling harken back to the classic sounds of Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday. Escoffery provides counter-melody lines that reflect the harmonic under-pinnings of the composition while perfectly complementing Thomas’ melodic refrains. Thomas demonstrates her complex rhythmic acuity on “Everytime We Say Goodbye”, delivering blues-tinged phrasing, circumlocuting the beat in a masterful way alongside bassist Noriko Ueda. The album concludes with a truly special rendition of “Round Midnight” featuring cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf. The vocalist’s dulcet tones can be heard a capella for a section prior to Dorman-Phaneuf’s contrapuntal accompaniment enters. The piece builds tremendously as vocals and cello weave around each other and ultimately fall into a stunning, descending unison line closing out the arrangement and this inventive release as a whole.


The vocalist notes “This album was birthed coming out of covid lockdown when I could finally enter the same room and create musically with one other musician. The intimacy of communication within the duo setting is thrilling. There is something so satisfying with simply two instruments. For Duo Encounters, I invited uniquely great instrumentalists that each have their own style to engage in musical conversations with my voice. This album is about creating, and revealing the deep parts of the musical journey.”






Duo Encounters

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  • Track Listing

    01 Love For Sale feat. Helio Alves
    02 Willow Weep For Me feat. Ron Carter
    03 After You Who? feat. John Di Martino
    04 My Foolish Heart feat. Russell Malone
    05 Nature Boy feat. Café da Silva
    06 Both Sides Now feat. Ron Affif
    07 Have You Met Miss Jones? feat. Dezron Douglas
    08 Lush Life feat. Wayne Escoffery
    09 You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me feat. Rossano Sportiello

    10 Smile feat. Guilherme Monteiro
    11 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye feat. Noriko Ueda

    12 ‘Round Midnight feat. Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

  • DUO Encounters Musicians 

    Russell Malone, electric guitar

    Ron Carter, bass

    John Di Martino, piano

    Noriko Ueda, bass

    Helio Alves, piano

    Cafe, percussion

    Wayne Escoffery, tenor sax

    Dezron Douglas, bass

    Ron Affif, electric guitar

    Rossano Sportiello, piano

    Guilherme Monteiro, acoustic nylon string guitar

    Mairi Dorman- Phaneuf, cello

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