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Monday, May 11, 2015

CD Review: Nicola Farnon Trio - A Day at the Market

Nicola Farnon (double bass & vocals), Piero Tucci (piano & tenor saxophone) & Phil Johnson (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell).
Nicola Farnon has been on Bebop Spoken Here’s radar for some time. When the line-up for this year’s Darlington Jazz Festival included an appearance by Ms Farnon it was the ideal opportunity to hear her. The performance by Ms Farnon’s trio prompted the instant purchase of this CD.
A Day at the Market was recorded live in the community hall of Farnon’s home village of Market Lavington, Wiltshire. Twelve tunes, all but one of them standards, capture Farnon and ‘the boys’ (Farnon’s endearing reference to Piero Tucci and Phil Johnson) as ‘live’ as it is possible to do at a gig. The one Farnon composition – Perfect Loverly Day –  is quite simply perfectly loverly! The standards include the opening track Let There Be Love (the playing is superb, swinging like nobody’s business), Cheek to Cheek, This Can’t Be Love and The More I See You. Farnon combines swinging bass playing (the girl has got a great sound) with a fabulous singing voice. Pianist Tucci swings non-stop, think Dudley Moore or Oscar Peterson (he plays a mean tenor sax too!) and drummer Phil Johnson ensures the swinging rhythmic pulse doesn’t miss a beat.
A Day at the Market was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrew Cleyndert. No greater seal of approval than having Mr Cleyndert on board! The CD has been on repeat play for days on end. Reservations? None. Unreservedly recommended.
Visit: www.nicolafarnonmusic.com. then get along to a Nicola Farnon Trio gig. You won’t be disappointed.   
Russell.                 

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