Title - 'October Comes Too Soon'
Artist - Gina Kronstadt
For those not in the know, jazz singer-songwriter Gina Kronstadt was in a vulnerable head space not too long ago. Saddled with the physical challenge of an eight-month recovery from multiple shoulder surgeries that could have spelled the end of her 43-year career as a first-call violinist, Kronstadt turned to writing as therapy.
This not only provided a much needed creative outlet after feeling stifled by not being able to play her beloved instrument for so long, but opening up her heart in such a way enabled her to write a new collection of intimate vignettes that give voice to some of her own relationships and romantic experiences.
Thus her brand new third album, entitled October Comes Too Soon is due out on March 20th, 2020 via Falloff Records.
1. 'A Simple Man'
3. 'The Threat of Love'
4. 'Forever In A Row'
5. 'October Comes Too Soon'
6. 'Love Game'
7. 'Maybe I Trusted'
8. 'Who'll Save You?'
Simply put, October Comes Too Soon is a rather luscious 8-song collection of songs that largely find Gina musing on the nexus between what makes great friendships work between men and women, and the x-factor that looms over the possibilities for the deeper intimacy of love.
Opening with the smooth jazz crossover wonderment of 'A Simple Man' (which extolls the fundamental gentleman qualities that once set her heart ablaze), tracks that follow, such as the sultry 'The Threat of Love' (a confessional about a seductive man who possesses intoxicating allure), and the airy Latin-tinged 'Forever in a Row' (inspired by a friend’s phrase that poetically extends the virtues of true-blue-pal-dome into something beyond infinity), all come together to help form a collection that, as a live set, would soothe any burdened soul.
Add to that tracks such as my immediate go-to favorite here, the '80s synth-framed, funky horn jam of 'Love Game' and the hauntingly romantic 'Maybe I Trusted' (which also features a magnificent solo on clarinet by Bob Sheppard (Chick Corea), and you should by now have gotten the picture.
"Every song I've created comes out after being inspired and then I literally have no choice but to let the music out," Gina explains.
"If I'm not moved by something or someone, there are no songs. This record is no different. It's my personal therapy, and I felt such focus and love while creating it."
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