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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

CD Review: Kevin Fitzsimmons - Working Day and Night

Kevin Fitzsimons (vocals); Leon Greening (piano); Adam King (bass); Matt Fishwick (drums); Frank Griffith (ten sax); Lloyd Haines (ten sax on bonus track).
(Review by Ann Alex).
The information sheet provided with this review CD (from Beaconville Music) was a reviewer’s dream, with all the gen listed in bullet points and all you needed to know at the top of the sheet. I wish they were all like this. So I learned that this is Mr Fitzsimmons second album, recorded live at Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club  in 2016, and the album launch is at the same establishment on June 18 at 1pm. We have Gasbook songs, soul and rock classics, and two Fitzsimmons compositions, all inventively sung well, by our more than competent singer and a stellar band.
Fitzsimmons; a Londoner, a bandleader, a songwriter and a performer  at Ronnie Scott’s and further afield. His vocals have been used in TV and radio commercials. What’s more, our singer also did the original artwork on the CD cover.
The opening track, Working Day and Night, is busy, speedy, with lots of repeated notes in the piano solo, suiting the subject well. The original Don’t You Dare Get Bored With Me is edgy, with musical references to Work Song, when work is mentioned, and Old Devil Moon is made more devilish by  being sung in short sharp phrases. Sting’s Every Breath You Take is a real swinger, with clever band references to Don’t Get Around Much Any More. Here’s That Rainy Day becomes a Latin style tune and the original, Cuban Alibi, another Latin, is an edgy song about a last time meeting with a lover.
Other tracks are: This Masquerade and It Never Entered My Mind. The CD is cleverly finalised with a bonus track of Georgia On My Mind, an extended version with lots of playing around with the lyrics and an extremely long vocal note, a bit of forgivable showing off, forgivable because the singer and the band deserve to be listened to.
Available from Cadiz Music on the Jazzwurx label, cat no. JWR012CD from June 9. See www.jazzwurx.co.uk
Ann Alex.   

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