Sometimes the best work is done during the late night hours, and that has certainly proved true for Mallory Chipman’s new album Nocturnalize.
Her eleven song debut (nine originals and two jazz standards) features material written over the last three years, with many tracks sharing a nighttime theme.
“With many artists, we work at night,” Chipman says. “The performance part happens largely at night, that’s when things are coming alive and my musical creativity is at it’s peak. When I don’t have a gig, I’m sort of a grandma and I’ll be in bed at 8:30. When I do, night is really when it’s happening.”
Nocturnalize showcases Chipman’s impressive jazz vocal stylings. Songs like “Ode to the Unsung Diva” feature sly lyrics and scatting with swaying jazz accompaniment.
Chipman has been performing her own material for years, but she didn’t recorded any music while she attended MacEwan’s post-secondary music program.
After receiving an Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant in August 2015, she had no more excuses to hold off a release.
“Before I jumped into recording anything, I wanted to be sure,” she explains. “I’ve developed. A lot of songs that I used to write aren’t like the songs I write now. So I’m happy that I waited, because everyone starts somewhere and you hope that you improve and change.”
Chipman has played overseas in Ireland and London but not having a product on the market has prevented her from pursuing a Canadian tour.
“I almost feel I’ve missed a step there in between,” she says. “I plan to do a tour, maybe in May, of Western Canada and hopefully apply for a grant to do a full Canadian tour next round.”
When thinking of the perfect venue to unleash her debut in Edmonton, there was only one logical choice for Chipman.
“I learned a lot at MacEwan. I learned a lot from playing with other musicians, but I’ve learned a lot from the Yardbird Suite,” Chipman says.
“I’m there almost every Tuesday jamming with people,” she says. “It was almost like a second home there, I feel very comfortable there and it’s a place where magic happens.”
Sun., Nov. 20 (8pm)
Mallory Chipman’s Nocturnalize Album release party
Yardbird Suite, $24