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Thursday, August 26, 2010

CD Review: Looking Glass - Zoe Gilby

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Andy Champion (bs), Mark Williams (gtr), Noel Dennis (tpt), Richard Brown (dms)
Zoe's second CD showcases the way her voice and her approach have matured over the past couple of years. Zoe's previous disc and her early gigs showed the attractive song-stylist to be a singer of impeccable taste, an interpreter of the gasbook - one of the best jazz girls around the north-east spots. With Looking Glass the bar is raised. Forget local this is a disc that, given the exposure, can compete on the world stage .
A mix of standards Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Time After Time, Only Have Eyes For You, I'm Beginning To See The Light/When Lights Are Low, That Old Black Magic. Some not quite so well known pieces - Tom Waits, Leon Russell, Nancy Wilson, Leiber and Stoller - and originals by Zoe and her co-pilot Andy Champion. Oh yes - there's also BSH contributor George Milburn's Take It Easy - an esoteric piece of nonsense over an attractive tune.
Apart from Zoe's compelling vocals there is some wonderful work going on behind her from Mark Williams and Noel Dennis. Richard Brown and husband to be Andy Champion provide the perfect foundation. Andy also produced the session.
The CD is officially launched at The Cluny, Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, on Sept. 7. 8:00pm for 8:30 start.
Only one negative. Minute white printing on a light green background make the booklet difficult to read.
No problem with the music though - nice one Zoe!
Lance.
Looking Glass - Zoe Gilby. Jazz Action JA18

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

It may be esoteric nonsense to you Lance but women seem to understand it! Zoe chose the verses from a poem what I wrote. The title by the way is Take it Easy but Take it, which may illuminate the poetic sense? Hey, you can please some of the people....

Lance said...

Don't get me wrong George (assuming it is you) - perhaps nonsense was the wrong word to use - I love it I just don't understand the lyric! I had the same problem first time I heard 'MacArthur Park'.

George Milburn said...

Hey Lance, Now there was a song with more meaning than you could shake a whisk at. I'll pretentiously explain the lyric next time I see you - Oui, it was moi!

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