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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

CD Review: Fleur Stevenson - Follow Me


Fleur Stevenson (voice); Pete Billington (piano, arranger); Ralph Mizraki (bass); Simon Price (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)

'A treat for fans of first class, straight ahead vocal jazz delivered by one of the UK's fastest rising stars'. I quote from the information sheet, but I couldn't have summed it up better. Yet another woman singer, some would cry, but I reckon that we should rejoice and enjoy all these fine singers as they are all somewhat different and there is room for many more and they will all find their place. Though I would like to see more male singers and many more women instrumentalists. I digress.

Ms Stevenson comes recommended by Claire Martin OBE and this CD is a follow up to a well-received EP. We have 11 tracks, all love songs except one, including 9 jazz standards and also versions of King Crimson's I Talk To The Wind and the Elvis song Can't Help Falling In Love. The honey-toned voice is a delight, excellent diction, feelingly sung, and the trio perform really well, with lots of space for piano solos.

Tracks which are worth a special mention are: the King Crimson number, a samba to fast drums, with lyrics all about being in a confused world (like current politics?); Misty Roses, sung in an intimate voice, comparing short-lived roses to a love affair: Teach Me Tonight, where this singer really swings, 'graduation's almost here my love' (whatever they did for graduation is thankfully left unsaid!); I Thought About You, which has the bass playing like the train over tracks; and You Must Believe In Spring, which closes the album neatly, a slow contemplative song of optimism, with a pleasing piano solo.

The rest of the tracks are; Beautiful Love; Follow Me; The Nearness Of You; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Old Devil Moon.

If you're down London way on July 2 you can catch the album launch at Pizza Express, Soho. See www.fleurstevensonjazz.co.uk (self-released)
Ann Alex

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