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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

CD Review: Sue McCreeth - Look Back And Love

Sue McCreeth (vocal); Paul Harrison, John Horler (piano); Mario Caribe, Andrew Cleyndert (bass); Stu Brown (drums); Martin Shaw (trumpet)  Many other musicians listed for various tracks, these are the main ones.
(Review by Ann Alex).
You could read this review, or you could go to the website, www.suemccreeth.com and play the video of the Sat Nam, and you’ll get a good idea of what this superb singer and her various musicians are all about. Dave Gelly of the Observer writes ...’ She sings with warmth and intimacy, and commands a wonderful flexibility (in) her vocal tone’...  I couldn’t have explained it better.

Ms McCreeth is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has led ensembles down South since 2000 and this is her sixth album, which is an anthology of her songwriting work so far, together with 4 new songs. She studied improvisation and also composition via the Berklee College of Music.
The CD gives us mostly love songs of various moods, beginning with Sat Nam, wordless vocals with a folky eastern feel, followed by She Want Him, in which the singer almost becomes one of the instruments in the band. Other notable tracks are the rocky Nut Tree (guitar and keys with a regular drum beat and electronic effects); The Air Is Blue (atmospheric, cool, blue, guitar sound); Mother
Sister Father Brothers My Man Child & His Mama (a new song which is a message to her relatives
‘With my new love
I finally knew love
With my own sweet man child’.
The longest track at 9.28 minutes is Only Here, a love song which is atmospheric rather than narrative, with constant repetition of ‘You and I’.
Most of the songs are with the standard trio of piano, bass and drums, with most solos taken by the piano, and it goes without saying that the musicians are skilled. If you like to hear brass with singers, this CD won’t supply that as Martin Shaw only appears on 2 of the tracks. The singer is out on tour this year but the nearest gig to us is Edinburgh on June 18.
The CD was launched on May 29 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, and was released on June 2 by Discovery Records. 

Ann Alex

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