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Saturday, September 01, 2018

CD Review: Lucia Jackson - You And The Night And The Music

Lucia Jackson (vocals); Ron Jackson (guitars, arrangements); Yago Vasquez (piano); Matt Clohesy (bass); Corey Rawls (drums) + Yaacov Mayman (ten sax track 5); Javier Sanchez (bandoneon track 6); Frederika Krier (violin track 6); Dan Garcia (guitars track 7); Samuel Torres (perc track 7).
(Review by Ann Alex).
We never rest at BSH. While some were enjoying themselves at Ushaw, I was at home reviewing CDs. To be truthful, I couldn’t face the journey by public transport, but I’ll walk from Durham City next year if I have to.*
To business.

Lucia Jackson, a native New Yorker who studied dance in Madrid, has also worked as a dancer and model. This, her debut CD, has arrangements by Ron Jackson (her father) of mainly GASbook material some with a Latin twist as well as The Beatles’ And I Love Him, and a number by Ms Jackson herself Feel The Love. Here is yet another fine woman singer with a more than capable band, and we should be glad.

Just One Of Those Things, begins Ms Jackson, clear-voiced vocals and the band are straight in with 4s, followed by a Latinesque Beautiful Love and a song, new to me, called Issues (Julie Michaels): ‘I got issues, you got them too, give them to me and I’ll give mine to you’, lyrically very up to date stuff. And I Love Him is a slow pensive ballad, sung just with guitar, fading out at the end. You and the Night and the Music features a swirling tenor sax, and I’m a Fool to Want you is a tango with a passionate violin and bandoneon (sounds like a smaller accordion) accompaniment. Feel the Love was written for Ms Jackson’s brother, and features flamenco guitar. The final track is When You’re Smiling, a song that our singer associates with her parents, and the only track on which she scats, which she does well. Other tracks are: Sophisticated Lady; No Regrets; Never Let Me Go; I Fall in Love Too Easily and Toda Una Vida.

The CD is released on the Roni Music label on September 14. It appears to be available on the usual online channels such as YouTube.  See www.luciajackson.com
Ann Alex  

*Lance has promised to squeeze me into the car next year!

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