‘The Signal’ is bold, personal and completely lucid audio art from Elizabeth Shepherd. It wouldn’t be overstating it at all to assert that this is the most important vocal jazz record of 2014.
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Unfailingly fresh, incalculable and rewarding, Peripheral Vision is giving jazz the swift kick in the pants that it needs. ‘Sheer Tyranny Of Will’ is sheer inventive talent on display.
Webber laid bare her compositions, leaving it in a few, capable hands and in doing so, made them flourish.
‘The Where’ is a solid step up from a level that was already high. No one should think jazz is stuck on neutral after listening to this trio, and one senses that they are just getting started.
Forget about the genre this album is supposed – or not supposed – to be.
This Miles-meets-Mosada alchemy offers Interesting new twists.
She will change your perceptions of what a “jazz vocalist” in this day and age means.
In the melancholy wisdom of his lyrics, this lost singer-songwriter has very few rivals.
Scarlett Jane’s Stranger was initially released independently in 2013, but a remixed and remastered version seems primed to launch the Toronto-based duo into new territory.
Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.