The "Charlie" to our "Angels": Oded Lev-Ari
It's no secret that the gals of DUCHESS have a whole lot of love for our intrepid producer, arranger, and Anzic label head, Oded Lev-Ari (who also doubles as Amy's husband). Almost exactly one year ago, Oded brought his signature finesse, humor, and great ears into Sear Sound, and his expert guidance made recording the DUCHESS album (in just two days!) feel like a walk in the park.
Oded also arranged nearly every song on our album, from the swinging "I Love Being Here With You" to the poignant "P.S. I Love You." Oded knows Amy, Hilary, and Melissa's voices so well that singing one of his charts is the musical equivalent of wearing a custom-made Halston gown.
As the head of Anzic Records, Oded has partnered with Anat Cohen to create a family label that has released and supported not only the DUCHESS album, but also individual albums by each of the Duchesses, as well as an eclectic and soulful array of projects by a number of wonderful artists.
Oded is such an important part of DUCHESS that we often refer to him as the "Charlie" to our "Angels." But then, if you've been keeping up with our hijinks and harmony over the course of the past year or so, you probably know all of this already (and we'll leave it to you to decide which one of us is Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson).
What you may not know, however, is that next week, Oded Lev-Ari is releasing his own debut album as a leader. Threading comes out next Tuesday, April 28 on Anzic Records, and boasts an all-star cast: Jo Lawry and Alan Hampton take guest turns on vocals, and the chamber jazz-inspired 11-piece band includes Anat Cohen, Matt Wilson, Nadje Noorhuis, and Gilad Hekselman, among others.
Oded seamlessly weaves his own compositions (and two iterations of Gordon Jenkins' gorgeous "Goodbye") together into a tapestry of music that is elegant and adventurous, cinematic yet deeply personal, and hauntingly beautiful. The title track (available for preview HERE) is at once exotic and familiar, the type of timeless composition that inspires nostalgia for an as-yet uncharted place.
It's fitting that Threading's release coincides with the arrival of spring's audacious green buds and bright flowers. Adding to the beauty of the world around him is Oded's specialty.