WAITING FOR THE SUN TO RISE
Released April 21, 2023
FILE UNDER adult contemporary, vocal jazz, orchestral pop, soul jazz. rom com soundtrack, crooner, easy listening, mellow jazz [ M√A√P√L√ ]
SOUNDS LIKE / FOR FANS OF Kurt Elling, Michael Franks, Bill Champlin, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Bill LaBounty, Airplay, David Pack, Jay Graydon, Richard Page, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Gregory Porter
PLAYLISTS Vocal Jazz, Dinner Jazz, Renegade Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Canadian Icons, Soft Rock, Modern Day Crooners
Waiting for the Sun to Rise is expertly recorded…lushly produced…almost too beautiful to stand.(It’s) an elegant discovery, and it only gets better with repeated listening.
Jordan and producer Pomanti…make a potent partnership….This one stands their magnum Opus.
© (P) 2023 Cafe Records under exclusive license to Linus Entertainment Inc.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Waiting for the Sun to Rise sees Jordan turning his gaze outward, writing from a place of weathered wisdom. “Rio Grande,” is the album’s centerpiece, is a hymn to what’s left of the world. Squandered potential and abiding hope live side by side, and a soaring solo by Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker tops off producer Lou Pomanti’s arrangement. The stunning “Coltrane Plays the Blues” continues Jordan’s penchant for mid-century jazz references. Like his thematic cousin Paul Buchanan of the Blue Nile (whose “The Downtown Lights” is covered here), Jordan sets his stories in an after-hours netherworld populated by lonely lovers and disappointed dreamers.
“Marc Jordan has always been about uncompromising quality. He has a way of not doing the obvious, and that’s what makes a great songwriter: you say it or play it differently than everybody else.” — David Foster
Jordan is a Juno Award and Genie Award winner, and in 2019 was Juno-nominated for his last album Both Sides. He is married to singer-songwriter Amy Sky, and in 2022, the duo recorded a Juno-nominated album of duets entitled He Sang She Sang.
A songwriter’s songwriter, Marc Jordan is best known for writing (along with John Capek) “Rhythm of My Heart,” the 1991 smash for Rod Stewart. Marc’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross, Cher, Chicago, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes and the Manhattan Transfer, to name a few.
"This was my first project in the era of COVID so there were challenges getting people together to cut tracks and just do the usual hang as tracks are going down...which has been my process for many years. That said, it's always interesting to shake it up now and then and I think the music somehow had more urgency as a result — so I'd firstly like to thank all the musicians who played on this record, and a special thank-you to Randy Brecker, who took time out of his busy schedule to do what only he can do. A special thank-you to my longtime collaborators John Capek and Steve MacKinnon. To my great manager, Tom Berry, for his wise counsel, and to Geoff Kulawik and everyone over at True North Records for their help. Thanks to Marc Lostracco for the cover art and design; to Vic Florencia for his superb mixes; and Harry Hess for mastering. Thanks also to Ezra Jordan for his input and amazing background vocals…you always do the unexpected and make it work. To Kim Nelles for everything you do. Thanks to my producer, Lou Pomanti, who engineered, arranged, sang, argued for what he wanted, co-wrote some of the pieces, and engineered big parts of this recording. To my wife, Amy Sky, who always tells me what she really thinks, and that is the greatest gift of all."
TRACK DESCRIPTIONS & METADATA
All original music by Marc Jordan are one-stop, pre-cleared and all in.
Bass by Scott Alexander (tracks 2, 6, 7, 9, 11),
Bruce Gaitsch (8), Marc Rogers (3, 10), Lou Pomanti (12)
Background vocals by Ezra Jordan (6, 7, 8, 11),
Marc Jordan (7, 8, 11), & Lou Pomanti (6)
Drums by Mark Kelso (2, 6, 7, 9, 11), Paul Leim (3),
Kevan McKenzie (12) & Doug Yowell (8)
Guitar by Bruce Gaitsch (8)
Harmonica by Roly Platt (6)
Piano by Lou Pomanti (all tracks) & Marc Jordan (11 intro)
Sax by John Johnson (3, 7)
Strings by Prague Smecky Orchestra (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Trombone by William Carn (3, 7)
Trumpet by Randy Brecker (2, 6, 7 solo) & Tony Carlucci (3, 7)