Linda Tate, 2013
Total Running Time: 59:52

Linda Tate vocals (all tracks), bell tree & shaker (6), rainstick (6,8)
Ernie Adams drums and percussion (2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14)
Steve Eisen tenor saxophone (3, 7, 10, 14), flute (2, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13),
congas (4, 6)
Larry Gray double bass (4, 6, 7, 8, 12) cello (4, 8)
Charles Rick Heath IV drums and percussion (4, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Curtis Robinson acoustic and electric guitars (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14), vocals (10)
Marlene Rosenberg double bass (2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14)
Preyas Roy vibraphone (4, 6, 7, 8, 12)
Bobby Schiff piano (1, 5, 9)
Liner Notes

Linda Tate travels often, widely and well. But that’s not the only reason for this album’s title.

“I wanted to recognize the influence of travel on my world vision,” says the Chicago singer-songwriter, “So I thought I should write about specific places.” This she has done, as on “Tango in Shanghai,” inspired by actual events, and “Ordinary Day” (set in Fukushima, Japan). “But then I thought that wherever you go, you find things common to all cultures. And I realized that ‘geography’ is a much broader concept than landscapes, rivers, and mountains. It can apply to almost anything – ordinary objects; the human body; languages; the emotional terrain of relationships – they all have their own distinct geography.”

Tate has not restricted her travels to the external environment; she has also mapped the byways of her own thoughts and emotions, and in the process has discovered as much as she had by traipsing the world. And yet, she says, “With so many songs, so many ways of people saying ‘I love you’ or talking about the stars, I’m always wondering what I can say that’s actually my own take, and also a little different.” Not to worry – there’s plenty of that here.

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