GAEA SCHELL, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and vocalist, plays piano and flute on In Your Own Sweet Way, and she also sings on a couple of tunes. The album consists of seven Latin-tinged original compositions, one straight-ahead original, and three fresh takes on songs from the Great American Songbook. In Your Own Sweet Way follows For All We Know (2004) and After the Rain (2011).
Schell’s piano playing is subtle and swinging, and her flute playing is influenced by traditional Cuban flutists, while her soft voice has been compared to a Brazilian white- sand beach at sunrise. Inspired by nature and shaded with gentle Brazilian rhythms and classical hues, Gaea Schell’s music is redolent with moonlight and romance.
It has taken several years for Schell to get back into the studio for her own recording, but that is because she has been so busy backing the likes of Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, Tony Dumas, Marcus Shelby, Bobby Watson, and Earl Palmer, among others.
With her steadfast grooves and elegant expressiveness, In Your Own Sweet Way is a highly engaging album.