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Susan Smiths Band have just released their debut album "Fine and Mellow" We always enjoy reviewing a new CD and will do so during the next week or two however we are sure that with the great Line Up listed below, it must be good.
Watch this space......
SUSAN SMITH (Vocals)
Roger Lewis (Piano)
Geoff Gascoyne (Bass)
Derek Nash (Sax)
Trudy Kerr (Track 6) (Vocals)
Trevor Harrington (Drums)
Released by: Susan Smith
Recorded at Derek Nash's Clowns Pocket Recording Studio
|King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys|
King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys
It's good to hear this Bouncy Brummy band's togetherness, spanning the years, and giving us a rollicking Saturday night Hootenanny. There's Zoot style rock'n roll and blues guitar to set the pace, with driving rhythm and rich King Pleasure vocals on "Can't get enough". I challenge you to sit for long to "Let em roll" or the boogy woogy piano of "Jump for Joy". Bring it on King Pleasure and Biscuit Boys and let's have more of these excellent surprises.
KING PLEASURE (Vocals & Baritone Saxophone)
BOYSIE BATTRUM (Alto & Tenor Saxophone)
BULLMOOSE K SHIRLEY (Guitar)
MIGHTY MATT FOUNDLING (Piano)
SHARK VAN SCHTOOP (Double Bass)
GARY The Enforcer BARBER (Drums)
Released by: Big Bear Records
|The Linley Weir Quartet - Desires|
The Linley Weir Quartet - Desires
If you were expecting just a 'dinner jazz' album from the Linley Weir Quartet you would be disappointed, because it delivers a clever combination of standards and originals, written by Linley Weir in partnership with Sal Burgess. It opens with these talented musicians introducing us to their driving version of "Softly as in the Morning Sunrise" by Sigmund Romberg, interpreted in the laid back vocal style of Weir, to an excellent rhythm backing arrangement.
Notably, there are some real gems, such as "Fly Away" displaying the vocalist's unique style to an equally catchy refrain. However, for me, "Caught by this Embrace" brings back nostalgic memories of endless classroom analysis of Eliot's "Prufrock" with "ragged claws scuttling across the ocean floor" woven into a catchy evocative melody and rhythmic piano beat, haunting me as much now, as then, from listening to these fabulous lyrics.
I had not heard "Afro Blue" by Mongo Santamaria before, but Weir's effortless emotive rendition, in parts like Cleo, was another stroke of genius, making this a highly memorable first album, from such a creative and excellent jazz quartet, which, lets hope, is only the beginning of the Weir / Burgess collaboration...
TOM FRY (Bass)
DANNY KEANE (Piano / Fender Rhodes)
LINLEY WEIR (Vocalist)
BRIAN HEADEMANN (Drums)
James Pusey "First Chapter"
It's not often that an album like this comes along, promoting some of the best young jazz players in Britain, in a quality production. The CD's cover is an evocative skyline view of London, at sunset, giving us a glimpse of what is to come, and doesn't disappoint. Pusey introduces us to the brilliant Kemps Corner, a potential contemporary jazz classic of driving sax. It continues with an eclectic mix of styles and influences from "The day the snow came" and Tuesday night in Chinatown;
What an excellent gig, that transcends into a more exotic eastern feel, with exciting acoustic guitar from Pusey, and the sounds of tabla and soprano sax, on "Bunch of fives" and reflecting Pusey's interest in Northern India's leading classical musicians, such as Pandit Arvind Parikh, from his extensive studies with this leading sitarist. I look forward to hearing more of these original instrumentals, from James Pusey and such burgeoning talent from these Croydon based musicians.
JAMES PUSEY (Guitar)
OLI HAYHURST (Bass)
ELLIOTT HENSHAW (Drums)
ROSS STANLEY (Piano)
PAUL BOOTH (Saprano & Tenor Sax)
BRANDON ALLEN (Tenor Sax)
CARLOS LOPEZ-REAL (Alto Sax)
TEYMOUR HOUSEGO (Bansuri)
BHUPINDER SINGH CHAGGAR (Tabla)
|Renso Murrone |
Renso Murrone 'Out of This World'.
Here we have a truly international star, mixing contemporary jazz vocals in an easy, effortless, way, yet with an extraordinary breathtaking vocal range and ability.
Renzo Murrone's debut album gives us a delicious taste of this Latin Londoner's excellent vocal talent. Bored you are not, from his very first track, the standard "Round Midnight" and its unique arrangement, from Murrone and Stanford grabs you, tantalisingly, and continues to play with your emotions; as does "Lo Sono il Vento", which caresses you with warmth and charm, transporting you to sunnier shores, bathed in such light cool backing rhythms.
Renzos jazz influences abound in the title track "Out of this World" with Mel Torme and Ella amongst others, followed by "Anda La Vida" which has a dramatic show-stopping style and operatic, tango dance tempo.
There again you are soothed by "Invitation to the Blues" and an upbeat muted horn, swinging 'Singapore Sling' style sound, with some scat worked in, which is further enhanced by the warm sensuality of "Estate" and it's Latin lyrics. The red wine song, "In Vino Veritas" shows us Renso's vocal versitality and athleticism, and this truly inspirational album ends with an excellent jazz / folk / regga crossover version of "Scarborough Fare".
This is indeed an impressive album of original sounds from a beautiful vocalist with excellent arrangements, not to be missed by those romantics who crave that dangerous edge.