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Thursday, July 13, 2017

CD Review: Liane Carroll - The Right To Love

Liane Carroll (vocals/piano); Mark Edwards, Malcolm Edmonstone (piano); Mark James (guitars); Kirk Whalum (sax); Loz Garratt, Roger Carey (bass); Ralph Salmins, Russell Field (drums)  Which tracks each musician played on is not stated.
(Review by Ann Alex).
Blogmaster Lance handed me this CD for review, casually declaring that I’d have few problems in dealing with it, but he failed to mention that it was a real gem. He gets so many of these CDs, poor lamb. I reckon that the 27 bus should do the next review.  But less of this nonsense.  Liane Carroll, a resident of Hastings, is a stellar singer and pianist (classically trained from the age of 3), whose vocals are ‘deeply soulful, wonderfully honest’, as quoted by The Times newspaper. The Right to Love is Ms. Carroll’s tenth CD, and it was produced and recorded by James McMillan in his studio in Hastings.
The album concerns many different facets of love, some of them unusual. Skylark concerns hopeful beginnings, with a soulful sax opening and some clever vocal scat; The Right To Love was written originally about the taboo of interracial marriage; It’s a Fine Line is a jazz take on a Nashville country song; If You Go Away, a beautiful song of insecure love, is performed very sensitively with tasteful piano and striking nature images in the lyrics. Then comes You Don’t Know What Love Is, with a superb guitar solo, and honest lyrics about ‘love that cannot live yet never dies'; there’s an atmospheric feel on the song Goin’ Back and this is followed by Stevie Wonder’s Lately, with a tasty piano and guitar duet. The happiest song on the CD is Georgia On My Mind, cheerfully scatted, which I believe to be about both a woman and the USA state; then comes an interesting Tom Waits number, In The Neighbourhood, led by guitar, a description of a run-down neighbourhood, which somehow manages to sound like a place you could nevertheless love. The final track is heartfelt, voice and piano only, I Get Along Without You Very Well, heartfelt because it is sung about Ms Carroll’s Mother, who died last year. The lyrics mean the opposite of the title, of course. 
The CD is due to be released on July 28, 2017, on Quiet Money QMR0004, and if you care to travel, there are launch shows at Hastings on July 22 and at Soho's  Pizza Express on August 1 and 2 [both nights sold out].
Ann Alex

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