Lundy’s ruggedly conversational lyrics and welcome social commentary inhabit territory Abbey Lincoln and Marvin Gaye both might recognize. Her voice swoops down and provides a focal point. It’s sensuality. It’s wisdom, it’s curiosity – they all roll into a fetching package.” – DownBeat
“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 far and few between.” – Jazz Times
Los Angeles, California. On the heels of her celebrated CD “CODE NOIR” released earlier this year, Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy has announced additional tour dates to take place this Fall and Winter. With stops in New York City November 11th (a live PBS special taping, The Historymakers Honor Franklin Thomas), a four night run at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago November 30th-December 3rd, December 9th at Scullers in Boston and South Jazz in Philadelphia on December 16th and 17th, Lundy will close out 2017 on a high note following rave reviews of the album and her accompanying live performances. Also slated for February is a date at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Valentine’s Day 2018 and a featured spot at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Baltimore on February 18th.
Never one to limit her creative journeys, Lundy explores the realms of Jazz, Blues, Brazilian Samba and Pop on CODE NOIR with a multitude of messages that reflect not only the complexities of her own mindset, but the disparity of the world at large. Poignant, heartfelt, angry, joyous, shocked, and saddened are just a few of the emotions conveyed by this wonderfully evocative singer on CODE NOIR via this highly personal musical voyage.
“These songs encompass the musical and artistic influences from the African diaspora and its influence on jazz and other musical genres – the bossa nova, the blues, swing, funk, the exploration into the avant-garde,” says Carmen. “Yet they also encompass the many emotions that are currently prevalent in this country. We are going through tough times with a country that is sorely divided and many of these tracks reflect the feelings that we as human beings are going through on an individual level. CODE NOIR actually refers to the first law ever written by a person in power of a sovereign nation/empire – the King of France Louis XIV – the first law to disallow and make illegal the integration of the African race into white European society.
Lundy either wrote or co-wrote all twelve tracks on the record which features Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, Kendrick Scott on drums and percussion and Elisabeth Oei on background vocals. In addition to vocals, Lundy also plays keyboards and guitar.