The Alberta Lounge is filled with songs inspired by the great Canadian jazz legend Deanne Matley. The Alberta Lounge features two new tunes of Deanne’s which are “The Alberta Lounge” and “If You Were Here Today”. One could call this album a national treasure due to her golden voice. Her vocal harmonies match those soothing jazz melodies. This album is an example of some of Montreal’s premier jazz talent.
The Alberta Lounge shared some of the musical history behind the former Alberta Lounge that was once located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Deanne’s vocal harmonies match those soothing jazz melodies and instrumentation.
There was a club on Osborne Street in Montreal and they called it The Alberta Lounge. That’s where the cats all liked to meet and where all the best jazz was found. There was class and sidecars. Cigarettes and big cigars. And when the band started playin’, Oscar lit up Montreal. Oscar Petersen was the main act there during the late 1940s. That is what the lyrics “Oscar lit up Montreal” mean.
You can take it to the limit at The Alberta Lounge. You become talk of the town The Alberta Lounge. Then you soar to new horizons when you play The Alberta Lounge. You can shout on every chorus. You embrace that big band sound. Then you’re master of swing forever when you play The Alberta Lounge.
Hymn To Freedom is a song about how everyone yearns for freedom. Even those in the most oppressed countries on Earth. When every heart joins every heart and together yearns for liberty, that’s when we’ll be free. Any hour any day, the time soon will come.
When every heart joins every heart and together yearns for liberty, that’s when we’ll be free. When people will live in dignity, that’s when we’ll be free. Part of singing together in harmony is freedom. Freedom molds our destiny. That’s when we’ll be free
The Land Was White (When Summer Comes) deals with how the seasons change as time progresses forward. The song deals with seasonal change basically. Deanne Matley sings and speaks in a poetic manner in the same way a narrator for an audiobook would.
The land was white while the winter moon was absent from the night, And the blackness only pierced by far-off stars.
But as every day still succeeds the darkest moments we have known. As seasons turn, springtime colours will return. And as the first pale flowers of the lengthening hours seem to deepen the twilight and that melancholy cloak. Then a fresh perfume just seems to burst from each bloom until the green shoots through each day as it arrives in every shade of hope. When summer comes there will be a dream of peace.
I rate this album 5/5*****!!