Los Angeles, California. MIDNIGHT SUN, a collection of love songs from throughout Grammy and Tony Award winning jazz/pop songstress Dee Dee Bridgewater’s critically-acclaimed four decade career, is set for release via Wrasse Records. A love letter of sorts, Midnight Sun is the ultimate mixed tape, traversing landscapes of melodically mournful tales of love lost, heartrending ballads about forever afters and sultry promises of bliss. Midnight Sun is the fourth release on Bridgewater’s own label, DDB Records.
Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner (who just won a 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee) chose and oversaw re-mastering (with Doug Sax and Sangwook “Sunny” Nam at The Mastering Lab in Ojai, California ) of Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski’s production of the eleven tracks included on Midnight Sun which were culled from her Grammy-nominated CD’s Dear Ella, Keeping Tradition, This Is New, J’ai Deux Amours, Love & Peace: A Tribute To Horace Silver and Eleanora Fagan Including such classics as Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low,” Sammy Cahn’s “Im A Fool To Want You/I Fall In Love Too Easily,” Johnny Mercer’s “Midnight Sun,” Alan Jay Lerner’s “Here I’ll Stay,” Charles Trenet’s “Que Reste-T-Il?” and Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache” and interpreting them as only she can, Bridgewater has created a song cycle that traces the arc of a love affair in all its natural stages. Also included on the CD is “L’Hymne A L’Amour,” a track previously released exclusively as a bonus track in Japan.
“For years my fans and family have been asking me to compile a CD of my favorite love songs,” says Bridgewater, “and Midnight Sun is my ode to them. Love in all its glory – for better or for worse – as expressed by some of the most amazing songwriters of our time.”