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Friday, June 17, 2016

CD Review: Clare Teal w. The Hallé Orchestra - Twelve O'Clock Tales

(Review by Lance).
Ahead of Teal's Doris Day tribute at York's Theatre Royal (tomorrow, June 18) comes this timely reminder of what a class act Clare Teal is. Few singers on either side of the Atlantic can handle a lyric as effectively as she can. Put Teal in front of the Hallé Orchestra, give her some arrangements by Guy Barker, Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, have a few jazzmen hovering in the wings and the ingredients are all there for a first class album.
It Might as Well be Spring - arranged by Barker and inspired by an Elaine Delmar/Brian Dee arrangement. What a performance!
Feeling Good - arranged by Windsor, sax solo by Dixon.
Wild is the Wind - arranged by Barker, trumpet solo by Mike Lovatt,
Sans Souci - arranged by Barker. A Peggy Lee/Johnny Burke opus.
I'll Never Stop Loving You - arranged Barker, piano solo by Rebello. Originally recorded by Doris Day in the film Love me or Leave me . Teal gives a delicious sample of what the York audience can expect tomorrow!
La Belle Dame Sans Regret - arranged by Rebello and composed by Sting. Rebello solos and has a duo vocal moment. There's also a flute solo by Katherine Baker.
Lush Life - arranged by Barker, Teal gives the Strayhorn classic new life.
Never Again - arranged Windsor. A piece by Tim Rice and Alan Menkin that   brings Teal's emotive side to the fore.
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most - arranged by Barker. A masterly setting that gives Teal the perfect surrounds for her reflective interpretation. A sympathetic arrangement worthy of Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins.
Always True to You in my Fashion - arranged by Barker. One of the classic versions of this Cole Porter tune was by Peggy Lee and the George Shearing Quintet. Barker has used that version to fashion this arrangement and Teal does Peggy proud.
Whole (It Isn't Like Me) - arranged Windsor. A Teal original in collaboration with Windsor and Amanda Louise Field.
Secret Love - arranged Barker back to Doris for perhaps her most famous hit. An elaborate explorative arrangement that reveals a rarely heard verse.
The Folks Who Live on the Hill - arranged Barker. Forever associated with Peggy Lee, this version is up there too!
Paradisi Carousel - arranged Barker. Another Teal/Field original.
Could well be my vocal record of the year!
Lance.
Clare Teal (vcl) w. Hallé Orchestra cond. Stephen Bell + Mike Lovatt (tpt); Iain Dixon, Rob Buckland; Carl Raven, Jim Muirhead, Valerie Stark (saxes); Gordon Campbell (tmb); Jason Rebello (pno); Mitch Dalton (gtr); Jeremy Brown (bs); Matt Skelton (dms).

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