By Lance Wright, Razorfish Reviews
9 out of 10 stars
Carmen Lundy is a singer/songwriter, actress, and academic. She’s won considerable critical accolades and has long since established herself as one of the best jazz vocalists working in the second half of the 20th century and beyond. Despite this, however, she still creates and pushes on with all of the zest and need for self expression of a young performer.
By Christopher Loudon
Carmen Lundy: Code Noir (Afrasia)
Musicians as diversely gifted as Carmen Lundy, who has excelled as a vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, guitarist and keyboardist for more than three decades, remain few and far between. There was Ray Charles, and there is Joni Mitchell, but very few others. And Lundy, like Mitchell, is also a superb painter, often crafting the artwork for her album covers, including the multihued self-portrait that adorns Code Noir.
by Edward F. Nesta
The latest release by Carmen Lundy - Code Noir is a melding of African influenced sounds from across genres such as Jazz, Blues, Funk, Bossa Nova, and more. Code Noir shows Carmen Lundy's mastery of writing passionate lyrics that blend seamlessly with alluring melodies.
Carmen Lundy - Code Noir was produced by Carmen Lundy and released on the indie Afrasia Production label; this marks Ms. Lundy's 15th release in her storied career.
There are few artists whose name garners respect from fans, critics and fellow artists like Carmen Lundy. And the creative explores the realms of Jazz, Blues, Brazilian Samba and Pop with a multitude of messages on her brilliant new album, Code Noir. Poignant, heartfelt, joyous, shocked, saddened and impassioned are just a few of the emotions conveyed by this wonderfully evocative singer on CODE NOIR in a highly personal musical voyage.
By George Harris, Jazz Weekly
One of the most attractive aspects of Carmen Lundy’s career is that she has created her own tone, style and delivery. Here, along with her composing skills, she plays guitar and keyboards along with Patrice Rushen/p, Ben Williams/b, Kendrick Scott/dr, Jeff Parker/eg and Elisabeth Oei/voc for a dozen personal and exciting new pieces.
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz has been awarded to Carmen Lundy by the prestigious organization Black Women In Jazz & The Arts. The Gala Awards Ceremony will be held in Atlanta, GA on April 10, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Other Honorees include Cicely Tyson, Freda Payne and Dr. Synthia Saint James for their outstanding body of work.
For more information about the Event and the Honorees, please go to http://www.bwijawards.com
By George Kanzler, September 2015
Carmen Lundy, who has been largely writing her own original music since emerging on the scene in the late 1970s, is represented with one of her strongest discs to date.
By Mike Hobart
The singer was a commanding presence, her words tumbling, soaring and stretching.
US vocalist Carmen Lundy delivers storytelling lyrics with jazz technique and a fusion vibe.
She released her first album Good Morning Kiss in 1985, and is currently showcasing
original songs from Soul to Soul, her 14th album.
Lundy’s lyrics are personal statements of philosophy and pain, with observations on
Monsters and Critics
by Greg Ptacek
By Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder
Carmen Lundy's 14th albumSoul To Soul album features 11 of 13 songs written, co-written or arranged by Lundy. It also features the many stellar talents of guest artists such as Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, South African vocalist Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Ada Rovatti and Warren Wolf along with core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross.
By Howard Dukes, SoulTracks
Carmen Lundy does it the hard way. She’s a vocalist in a genre – jazz – that is largely the purview by instrumentalists. Lundy also made her musical mark through the method that she employs on her latest recording Soul To Soul – by writing her own material in a field where some singers still feel the need to respond to the call of the Great American Songbook.
One of the most criminally overlooked vocalists in jazz may just be ready to get some overdue attention. Although she was featured on the Grammy winning CD The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington, Carmen Lundy is often left off the list of top female performers of today.
by Jonathan Widran, Jazz Monthly
September 23, 2014
Review by: Marianne Clements
Carmen Lundy "Soul to Soul"
Record Label: Afrasia Prod.
Carmen Lundy's 14th Album is beautiful poetry melded with music. This CD takes you on a journey of love, joy, longing and hope! Very easy listening with her smooth vocals and the collaboration of many stellar artists.
From the first piece, "Kindred Spirits," till the end "What's Your Story, Morning Glory," you feel drawn in to the journey and story being told.
REAP Mediazine, by Tina Valin
Read the full interview here with this link.
By Steve Moore
Isthmus The Daily Page
June 23, 2013
Jazz singer and composer Carmen Lundy is outspoken about her desire to move jazz forward, not backward. Charting her own path, she's packed the 12 albums she's recorded since 1985 with her own compositions, winning rave reviews and great respect among her peers. So it came as no surprise that the jazz veteran's performance at Isthmus Jazz Fest Saturday night stayed true to that ideal. She and her band performed nearly all original material instead of the usual litany of standards.
Isthmus The Daily Page
June 20, 2013
The Jazz Singer as Composer
Carmen Lundy took a circuitous route to becoming a great jazz singer and composer. The soulfully seductive songstress is still on a unique road, with dates in Spain and South Africa after she headlines the Isthmus Jazz Fest at the Memorial Union Terrace on Saturday, June 22. Her free set is 8 p.m. at Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Building.