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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CD Review: Peter Horsfall - Nighthawks

Peter Horsfall (vocals); Giacomo Smith (alto); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Pedro Segundo (drums) + David Archer (guitar) & Cherise Adams-Burnett & Renato Paris (backing vocals) on Couldn't Stop Lovin' You.
(Review by Lance).
If you're expecting to hear some modern Dixieland horn-blowing from Basin Street Brawlers' trumpet man, Horsfall, then walk away now. However, if you're a fan of his whispering, atmospheric vocals, then, stay right there - don't move. If Edward Hopper is your favourite artist then you won't want to move and, if you just happen to wonder if Cécile McLorin Salvant paints as good as she sings  - here is where you find out!
Horsfall left his trumpet in the hock shop for this one, instead, using his laidback, understated vocals (he makes Chet Baker sound like Little Richard) he wistfully caresses songs of love lost and found. He's in the mind of the characters in Hopper's immortal painting - Nighthawks. We're in Philly's Late Night Diner.
Five of the original ballads were co-written by Horsfall and Smith as well as interpretations of Paradise by Barry Harris and Duke's Sunset & the Mocking Bird with new lyrics by Horsfall.
The band is drawn from Kansas Smitty's House Band and, if you like Johnny Hodges, just listen to Giacomo Smith wail!
Cécile? Our girl's paintings give some light relief to the doom-laden artwork of the booklet - brilliant though David Hamblett's photos are.
Way back when, in the wee small hours of the morning, we'd listen to In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. Perhaps nighthawks now, in the wee small hours of the morning,  will listen to Nighthawks.

Like most CDs today, I had to get the cat to read the info - and she had to borrow my glasses.
Lance.
Release date November 24. Album launch November 29 @ Kansas Smitty's.

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