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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, May 11, 2012

CD Review: Nicky Schrire - Freedom Flight.

Nicky Schrire (vcl); Nick Paul (pno); Sam Anning (bs); Jake Goldback(dms/perc); + Paul Jones (ten on 2 tracks); Jay Rattman (clt on 2 tracks); Brian Adler (perc 1 track); Peter Eldridge (pno 1 track, vcls 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
London born, South Africa raised resident of New York City Schrire (pronounced Shruy-er) displays elements of all three countries in this her début CD.
Opening up with the title number that segues into the Beatles Blackbird - yes that tune's turned up again - her British roots are catered for and South Africa is represented by Jo'burg based Carlo Mombelli's Me, the Mango Picker. Stateside material is provided by Lerner and Lowe's If Ever I Should Leave You, Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and several others including some compositions of her own.
It's not an easy voice to pigeon-hole which speaks volumes for her originality. It is however, without doubt, a voice I'd list under jazz even though the choice of tunes is far removed from most vocalists' repertoire. Schrire seemingly effortlessly, and frequently wordlessly, gets to the heart of each number stripping it bare and re-shaping it into something new.
Listen also to Paul Jones' tenor solo on the aforementioned Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - it sure is!
To find out more go to www.nickyschrire.com  or check out YouTube.
Nicky Schrire: Freedom Flight. Circavision ProductionsCDP884-2 is set for release on May 22, 2012.
A special album release concert will take place at Cornelia St., Café, NYC at 8:30pm on June 6.
Lance.

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