Starting with a hard-hitting Coltrane-esque rendition of The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, this album grabs you from the very beginning.
The rubato introduction to Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most shows the colourful palette of both drummer Dave Trigwell and pianist Mark Edwards. The bright latin feel also features some great solid bass playing by Dan Sheppard and a mesmerising piano solo by Mark Edwards. Oschlag’s delicate reading of the melody is reminiscent of vocalist Irene Kral (one of the key interpreters of the Fran Landesman songbook).
The rarely heard Harry Warren ballad This Is Always is sung beautifully and smoulders nicely whilst on the quirky Monk’s Dream Oschlag sings the Jon Hendricks lyrics with both precision and humour.
There are also plenty of welcome surprises, such as I Didn’t Know What Time It Was played as a waltz and an arrangement of Cherokee that takes you on an enjoyable journey that includes great soloing from bassist Dan Sheppard, saxophonist Ian Price and vocalist Sara Oschlag trading eights with the drums.
Together with sensitive readings of the Billy Strayhorn classics Lush Life and Blood Count, this is an album that you can listen to over and over again.
I give this album 10 little boats out of 10.
Sara Oschlag, vocals
Ian Price, tenor saxophone & flute
Mark Edwards, piano
Dan Sheppard, bass
Dave Trigwell, drums
- The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
- Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
- There Is No Greater Love
- This Is Always
- Monk’s Dream
- I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
- Blood Count
- Lush Life
- My Little Boat
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CD copies will be available soon at gigs and from www.sarasingsjazz.com