Ren_e Fleming Talks About Haunted Heart in Online Interview

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Soprano Ren_e Fleming says that her new jazz-oriented album Haunted Heart represents "a [career] direction I could have easily gone in" in a radio interview posted on the Internet.

The interview with Jeff Spurgeon is available for streaming on WQXR.com, the web site of the New York classical station.

Haunted Heart, which was released on May 10, features two jazz musicians, pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell. The music includes pop songs and jazz standards as well as works by Mahler and Villa-Lobos. In the interview, Fleming says the CD is "a group of favorite songs bound by an atmospheric soundscape created by Fred Hersch and Bill Frisell."

Fleming did have an opportunity to pursue a career in jazz. While she was studying at the State University of New York at Potsdam, saxophonist Illinois Jacquet heard her sing and asked her to join his big band.


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