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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.


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, May 06, 2020

CD Review: Rachel Sutton – A Million Conversations

Rachel Sutton (vocals); Roland Perrin (piano); Michael Curtis Ruiz (bass); Paul Robinson (drums); Stuart Brooks (trumpet on Brother Can You Spare A Dime)

I'll be keeping this CD and playing it often, a high compliment from a reviewer. Why? Because of the high quality lyrics of these songs, mostly original, especially A Million Conversations and The Space, both very moving songs about mothers, which had me close to tears.

 The former song is about missing your mother who has died, thus: 'a million conversations since you left this world, and every single one upon my own'. And this song has a sort of clinch at the end: 'I know I see your face when I look at mine'. The Space concerns the words of an adopted child who is imagining what sort of life the birth mother had, and wishing that they had met. These two songs are contemporary rather than jazz style, with very sensitive accompaniment, especially from piano.

The rest of the songs are also well worth the listening. When Love Was New reflects sadly about a past love affair; Pick Myself Up by contrast is all about recovering, a fast lively jazzy song with a steady 4/4 piano backing and ascending and descending scales and a romping piano/bass duet; Kiss My Baby Goodbye is a Latin number with a rhythm I couldn't quite name (dum diddle diddle dum dum dum, people who know about Latin rhythms will recognise this I hope).

The two non- originals  are Brother Can You Spare A Dime? (a rather dramatic version which swings, with a skilled trumpet solo); and Evil Gal Blues, which tells of a woman enjoying herself mightily, a jazz blues with a bluesy piano solo, ending with a satisfied laugh from our singer. The song about adoption ends the CD reflectively.   

Rachel Sutton hails from Kent and grew up listening to jazz and the popular music of such as Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell. She trained as an actor and has performed leading roles in Shakespeare. She is now a singer full-time and she has sung at the Edinburgh and New York Fringe festivals, as well as at top London jazz clubs and jazz venues in the UK and abroad.

The instrumentalists are all well experienced and play with other bands and I especially noticed that Perrin, who leads instrumentally on this CD, has also played with Brotherhood Of Breath, who were mentioned in the recent BBC series about Black Music In Europe.

Ann Alex


Lance said...

Yes Ann, I thought you'd like this one. However, what impressed me most was the rich fullness of Rachel Sutton's voice which I thought was deserved of special mention (and praise). Just saying ...

Anonymous said...

Yes Lance, I agree about the voice but I was so keen on the songwriting that I forgot to mention it, Ann

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