Tag team: Joyce J. Scott and Lorraine L.
Whittlesey put their creative minds and voices
together on their new CD, Try Me.
By John Lewis
tough to wedge local composer Lorraine L.
Whittleseys music into a particular
category. Because she embraces various genres
with gusto, her work has turned up in a variety
of settingsfrom classical music halls (the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed her
compositions) to hip-hop boom boxes (gangsta
rappers Naughty By Nature used the bass rhythm of
a Whittlesey tune in one of their songs).
Whittlesey has been collaborating with Joyce J.
Scott, the acclaimed visual and performance
artist. The duos debut disc, Try Me
(Private Sector), gleefully tweaks the cabaret
versatile vocalist, Scott vamps, coos, and whoops
through Whittleseys songs like a sassy diva
set loose in a piano bar. Joyce has a great
range, says Whittlesey during a
late-afternoon chat in her Roland Park home.
She can do those really low, blues-y tunes
and she can really get up there. With goofy
snippets of Joyce-speak linking the songs, the
disc has a fresh, spontaneous feel thats
nicely underscored by Whittleseys melodic
and unobtrusive piano accompaniment. I
wanted to have sparse arrangements because this
CD is more of a vehicle for Joyce, says
Whittlesey. For me, the playing had to
support Joyces wonderful voice. It was that