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Thursday, January 21, 2016

CD Review: Peter Jones - Utopia.

Peter Jones (vcl); Henry Lowther (tpt/flug); Nigel Price (gtr); Neil Angilley (pno/keys); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Davide Giovannini (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I usually take the publicist's blurb with a pinch of salt - useful for background info - otherwise to be filed alongside a snake oil salesman's manifesto.
However, there are exceptions and, with this disc, the snake oil people at Howlin' Wolf have got it just right!
I listened to the CD - knocked out - and found my response pretty close to what the snake oil dispenser had come up with!
Comparisions with Elling, Mark Murphy and Georgie Fame all held water. The solos - Lowther, Price, Angilley all fantastic and swinging like the proverbial. Great to have a guy up there with all those gals who grab the attention (start typing Mr. PC)!
I missed Jones' first album for Howlin' Werewolf Records - One Way Ticket to Palookaville - how could I have missed that one - Vasy was on it!? Greatest album title ever!
The title of this one isn't bad either! 
A choice of tunes across the genre divide. Gassers such as: It Could Happen To You; A Lull in My Life; Spring Can Really Hang You etc. and Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year. Pop classics viz; Save Your Love For me and Spanish Harlem. Instrumentals with lyrics added by Jones - Turrentine's Sugar, Coltrane's Impressions and the Love Theme From Chinatown.
This is crooning, and I don't mean cloning, for today.
Lance.
Peter Jones - Utopia is due to be launched on Feb. 17 at Soho's Spice of Life.

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