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Thursday, June 13, 2019

CD Review:Zoe Francis - Blue Town

Zoe Francis (vocals); Ross Stanley (Hammond B3); Jim Mullen (guitar).
(Review by Lance).

Impeccably sung and played. An emerging talent combines with two British jazz legends for this collection of familiar and not quite so familiar standards. The result is flawless - perfection in fact.  Francis has a winsome voice that is well-suited to the bittersweet lyrics. Singing of lost love, heartbreak and other related emotions the listener shares her grief, feels the pain as her laid back voice gently weeps. 

And yet, at times, I wanted her to break out of her shell, maybe put on a happy face, face the future, the music - even when she does just that in All My Tomorrows you get the feeling that it's not going to work out. Ellington's Love You Madly is the exception. Here she sings with the, maybe over-optimistic, assurance that her chat up line is going to get results!

Helping to cure Zoe's blue mood Stanley and Mullen are the perfect antidote - much better than sulphur and molasses - the duo provide the shoulders to cry on with solid support and tasty solos. Listen to Mullen's sensitive accompaniment on Deep in a Dream.

I do love it madly but hope that next time around the mood is a bit more cheerful!

It's a one for the wee small hours
Lance 
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Early Autumn; The Meaning of the Blues; Daydream; A New Town is a Blue Town; Song For Elena/Medley from film Cinema Paradiso, Main Theme/Song For Elena; Who Will Buy?; All My Tomorrows; Love You Madly; Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most; You Won't Forget me; I've Gotta Right to Sing the Blues; Deep in a Dream.

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