H.E.A.R. Honors Clara Bellino
Clara shares some of her influences and roots on her new 2005 release: "Embarcadero Love", songs about love, distance, war and hope. 8 self-written tracks, and 4 reprises accompanied by bandmates Rustee Allen on bass (Bobby Womack / Sly and The Family Stone)and Jimi McKinney on keyboards (Lenny Williams / The Commodores): the opening disco-ey French "Tout Est Fini." "Swordfishtrombone",Tom Waits' tale where the usual Waits-ish ambient noises are replaced with wild turkeys, elephants, a giggling girl, a train and some "Apocalypse Now" crazy monkeys. The Al Green-ish "Goodnight Baby". "Game Up Bigger Pickle" over grooves from her roots, a rumba catalana. "Peaceful Solution", a campfire ditty S.O.S. to a president. Clara's sultry rendition of Barnes' 50's "Something Cool". Smokey Robinson's partly Spanish "What's Too Much". Jackie De Shannon's / Marianne Faithfull's 60's "Come And Stay With Me". "Potential Criminal" on becoming a U.S. citizen. To name a few. San Francisco late and great rock impresario / talent manager / photographer / art dealer Chet Helms had this to say about "Embarcadero Love" and Clara: "On this album, my friend and chanteuse Clara Bellino offers a delightful and eclectic collection of French, English and Spanish songs rendered in her soulful and sultry voice. There are echoes of Sade, Edith Piaf, Alanis Morrissette and numerous other blues, rock, jazz and europop influences. Clara blends them seamlessly and makes them her own. Enjoy!...Henceforth Clara Bellino will no longer be known as a French chanteuse but as a freedom singer!"
written by: Natasha Miller
photo: by Chet Helms CD cover by David Singer
Be sure to come to Clara's release party and help her celbrate her new CD "EMBARCADERO LOVE" at CAFE DU NORD in San Francisco on Tuesday November 15, 2005 with support from both Natasha Miller who will perform a rare solo/acoustic set, and the Jeremy Miller Band (pop/rock).
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
The Cafe Du Nord
EMBARCADERO LOVE CD RELEASE PARTY - 8:30 pm
2170 Market Street
San Francisco CA