I love Sarah Vaughan but I really know her – mostly – from compilations. Well, no, I have a couple of the original albums – but I had never heard this. And it really is a treat; such a wonderful, relaxed feel to it, fluffed lines, and scatting in place of forgotten lyrics, a bump […]
Dianne Reeves Opera House, Wellington Friday, June 9 Dianne Reeves returned to New Zealand for this year’s Jazz Festival, first time for her wonderful band though – long-serving pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo joined by the rhythm section of Reginald Veal (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).
Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Blues Women World Music Network It’s a separate discussion whether you like the branding of such compilations but personally I’ve always felt very comfortable with The Rough Guide series, particularly its various artists compilations – great liner-notes and wise selections; a good way to compile the artists that made […]
José James Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday Blue Note Of all the “100 Year” celebrations to honour Billie Holiday this felt the most necessary – a brave new voice taking on that wonderful music. Because, at the time, Billie Holiday was exactly that: a brave new voice taking on that […]
And I’ll be there – in sunshine or in shadow When Michelle got pregnant her mother wasn’t very happy about it and didn’t want to have anything to do with me – we were not getting married and had only just met. Right after Angus was born I called Margret from the hospital and told […]
It’s the best time. When you go into record the vocals over the tracks with the headphones on or when you open your lips to sing that first line at a live gig to a big crowd – there is nothing quite like it. I wasn’t blessed with any great voice and so I had […]
Frank Sinatra, Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back (1973) It’s interesting – I’m going through a real Frank Sinatra phase (again) right now. Might have mentioned that already. For a while it was only Sad-Sack Frank that I liked, those early forlorn albums (the Early Non-Funny Ones!) but bits of the brassy ole ham (and cheese) don’t […]
Phoebe Hurst Lessons EP Phoebe Hurst Music I first saw – and heard – Phoebe Hurst through her looping videos and a live performance where she was on stage live-looping her voice. She’s talented and tenacious and her real skill is that she’s got a great voice. She’s worked hard to create this debut EP […]