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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CD Review: Nicky Schrire - Space And Time: Songs For Voice and Piano

Nicky Schrire (voice and arrangements) ; Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein (piano, various tracks)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right.  These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler.  Ms Schrire performs with a youthful, unaffected tone, tender yet strong, with subtle improvisation and an unusual type of vocalese on some tracks, which wanders far from the tune but always returns to base.

There are 4 original songs: A Song For A Simple Time (a cheerful celebration of song with the piano doing a fairground type of tune, round and round, and lyrics such as ‘collect all the notes and then set them free’.): And So I Sing (the singer compares herself to a bird and the piano soars upwards): When You Go (a sad love song, sung pleadingly) Space & Time, the final track, which has a spiritual feel.  Add to that 4 standards, You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; I Wish You Love; Someone To Watch Over Me; and Say It Isn't So and 4 general rock-type songs Teardrop; Bless The Telephone; Seliyana and George Harrison’s  Here Comes The Sun, and you have a well-balanced collection. For example, Someone To Watch Over Me has the verse sung a capella, discreet piano and pleasing wandering vocalese. Seliyana has an African sound, (wish I knew more about this song) and Bless The Telephone sings the praises of the part played by that piece of equipment in love affairs!
I’ll be extremely pleased to add this CD to my collection.
Nicky Schrire - Space And Time is released on September 10 on Magenta Records.
Ann Alex


1 comment :

Nicky Schrire (on F/b) said...

"Lance handed this CD to me and said ‘This is jazz Lieder’, and he couldn't have been more right. These well-sung songs with beautiful piano accompaniment are as skilled as any song cycle from Schubert or Mahler."

Thanks to Ann Alex (and Lance Liddle!) at Bebop Spoken Here for this nice review! I love the above quote. I'll take it.

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