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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

Today

As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

CD Review: Cathy Segal-Garcia - Straight Ahead to the U.K.

(Review by Lance).

A prolific recording artist, this is Segal-Garcia's 13th album - an album that was actually recorded in London 2011 - with an assortment of (anything but motley!) British musicians including her close friend the late Andy Mackintosh. 

Sermonette has a fantastic churchy feel to it. Gardner, Morgan and Frank's B3 all contribute but it's 'Sister' Cathy who does the preachin'!

I Get Along Without You Very Well has more mellow trumpet as well as an emotive vocal from Cathy.


Shake It Down rocks and Andy blows alto to great effect. Cathy gives a hip-swivelling vocal.

Song 4 Sandy was composed by Cathy when her daughter was 4 years old. That Sandy is now 40 indicates that the song has staying power. Cathy scats, Andy blows, Frank's B3 fills it out and it swings.

Another swinger is Gypsy in my Soul with the B3 once more in the driving seat. Trumpet picks up the groove and Cathy goes into Ella mode.

Things settle down with Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's Last Night When We Were Young. Turn the lights down low, pour a drink and maybe share the music with someone. Andy helps create the mood and Cathy's vocal is a musical aphrodisiac.

Hippityville has lyrics by Cathy and she is joined (at the hip?) by Norma Winstone.

Other tracks: Highwire; Recipe of Love; Something We May Never Know; Dreamsville.

Well worth checking out here.
Lance

Cathy Segal-Garcia (vocals) w. (collective);  John Pearce, Cliff Hall, Roy Hilton, Isamu McGregor (piano); Andy Mackintosh (soprano/alto sax); Simon Gardner (trumpet); Paul Morgan, Laurence Cottle, John Leftwich (bass/elec. bass); Ian Thomas (drums); Carey Frank (B3) + Norma Winstone (vocals); Bill Redd & Irene Cathaway (background vocals).

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