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It's A Nice Thought

Sarah Moule

It's A Nice Thought

...with guest vocalist Ian Shaw
AKD 192 (Linn Records)
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1
It's Cool to be Cool

It's Cool to be Cool

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
5:35 Play $3.40
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It's a Nice Thought

It's a Nice Thought

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:55 Play $1.70
3
Jazz Aliens

Jazz Aliens

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums, Iain Bellamy - saxophone
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:04 Play $1.70
4
Feet Do Your Stuff

Feet Do Your Stuff

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums, Steve Waterman - trumpet
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:14 Play $1.70
5
When Your Computer Crashes

When Your Computer Crashes

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
3:56 Play $1.70
6
This Tune in my Head

This Tune in my Head

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Guest Artist Ian Shaw - vocals
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
3:53 Play $1.70
7
What Fools These Mortals Be

What Fools These Mortals Be

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:14 Play $1.70
8
One Thing Leads To Another

One Thing Leads To Another

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums, Steve Waterman - trumpet
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:01 Play $1.70
9
Love Go Round

Love Go Round

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
1:48 Play $1.70
10
Real Life

Real Life

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums, Tim Whitehead - saxophone, Fayaz Virji - trombone
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:02 Play $1.70
11
A Suicide in Schenectady

A Suicide in Schenectady

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Dawson Miller - percussion, Roy Dodds - drums, Tim Whitehead - saxophone
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:49 Play $1.70
12
Some Boys

Some Boys

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
3:47 Play $1.70
13
The Heart of Love

The Heart of Love

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
2:12 Play $1.70
14
Usual Suspects

Usual Suspects

Band Simon Wallace - piano, Jim Mullen - guitar, Mick Hutton - bass, Gary Hammond - percussion, Paul Robinson - drums, Iain Bellamy - saxophone
Writer Fran Landesman, Simon Wallace
4:19 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 56 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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'What I like most about her style is the way she can sing with incandescent clarity in one phrase and sinful smokiness the next' (The Musician).
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Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw

Named Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, Ian Shaw is one of the UK's finest male jazz vocalists. His exciting, edgy and provocative style has made him a popular name both at home and in the States.
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Sarah Moule

Sarah Moule

Cool London jazz vocalist with a sweet swinging sound.
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THE JAZZ WORLD’S answer to Dorothy Parker, Fran Landesman is a septuagenarian bundle of enthusiasm, brains, and super-literacy. New York-born, but a London resident since 1964, she has turned out eight books of poems and hundreds of songs. Sometimes you’ll find her in British pubs and theaters, intoning her verse in a gravelly voice. Her mind races with ideas. Fran’s original composing partner, the pianist-singer Tommy Wolf, noted this in the liner notes of a 1956 album, Wolf at Your Door. “Fran writes everywhere: in taxis, movies, bed, bathrooms and bars … She writes with incredible speed in curious flashes of intense concentration, as a stenographer taking sudden, urgent dictation from a personal, omnipotent muse.”

That muse has grown wiser, tougher. But even in the ‘50s, Fran had an acid wit. When she wrote about hopeless love – as she did in her biggest hit, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” – she masked it in wisecracking Beat talk. (That song became such a standard that it’s easy to forget how far-out the phrase “hang you up” sounded in 1955.) In another song, “Ballad of the Sad Young Men,” she looked closely at the Beat-era hipsters, many of whom she knew, and saw frightened little boys.

Lately, Fran has been on another mad writing binge, triggered by the talent of Simon Wallace, her current composing partner. This CD gathers fourteen of their songs, performed by Sarah Moule, a gifted British jazz singer who loved the duo’s work long before she married Simon. Fran’s words are as probing as ever, but her humor is blacker, the bruises defiantly displayed. “Better to play and run away than to stay and risk getting shot,” she advises. “Whatever I feel for you, my dear, I know I’d better smother” … “I won’t even try to touch your heart.”

They meet once a week to write. “It’s so encouraging,” says Fran, “because whatever lyric I show him, he laughs until he’s ready to burst. He always appreciates what I’ve done. Then once he’s put music to them, as good as the lyrics might seem on the page, it’s like a homely girl getting a fabulous makeover. It’s a perfect marriage. They’re like our children, these songs.”

Sarah Moule’s cool, effortless versions of them are more sardonic than one would expect, in view of her wholesome looks and fine English manners. “Seeming like a good girl is a lot different from actually being one, you know,” she says. As a child in East Sussex, she sang English folk songs with her large musical family. She broke away to become a pop-soul singer and, eventually, a regular in the British jazz-club circuit.

The songs on this CD invite an actor’s approach; happily, Sarah avoids it. Drama is already there in the words of a lyricist who sees through everything: the advances of sweet-talking guys (Some Boys), the hip pose so popular in the ‘50s (It’s Cool to Be Cool), the would-be benevolence of friends (When your Computer Crashes). Occasionally, as in The Heart of Love, Fran surprises us by revealing a fragile core.br> -- James Gavin, New York City, 2002
[James Gavin is the author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, published by Chatto & Windus.]

IT'S COOL TO BE COOL
It's cool to be cool when you're cool
You know that you're nobody's fool
It's tough when you're in a tight spot
Pretending you're cool when you're not
But it's swell to be cool when you're hot

You meet any threat with a shrug
And big-shots will give you a hug
It's O.K. to drive an old car
When everyone knows you're a star
'cause it's cool to be cool when you are

When you inhabit a real cool venue
Envy and grief ain't on the menu
You don't get crazy
You don't get sore
You never have to worry about being a bore

Sometimes being cool takes its toll
Depression grabs hold of your soul
But you pull yourself out of the hole
And take one
Without fear of a flop
You swim right to the top
Where love meets you for lunch by the pool
It's cool to be cool when you're cool

IT'S A NICE THOUGHT
It's a nice thought
But it's never gonna happen
It's a swell thought and I really wish we could
It's a great gift that we might enjoy unwrappin'
But it's never gonna happen
Though I wish that it would

It's a nice thought
And I'm flattered that you thought it
It's a nice thought but we'd better let it be
It's a sweet dream but I'd suffer if I bought it
I'm afraid we better drop it
And I think you agree

It's one of those brilliant ideas
That look so good on paper
The kind that develop into
A soul destroying caper

It's a nice thought
Maybe if we let it happen we won't get caught
And we'll find a little joy
It's a nice thought
It was good of you to drop in
And I really want to thank you
For the vodka that you brought
Though it's never gonna happen
It's a very, very, very nice thought.

Recording information:

Lyrics by Fran Landesman
Music by Simon Wallace

Produced by Simon Wallace.

Jim Mullen - guitar
Mick Hutton - bass
Steve Waterman - trumpet and flugel
Iain Ballamy - tenor sax
Tim Whitehead - tenor sax
Fayyaz Virji - trombone
Simon Wallace - piano/organ
Gary Hammond - percussion
Dawson Miller - percussion
Paul Robinson - drums
Roy Dodds - drums
Ian Shaw - guest vocalist
Sarah Moule - vocals

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BBC Music Magazine
Well-crafted original numbers that are sung flawlessly, and with slick accompaniments.
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The Observer
In lyricist Fran Landesman and composer Simon Wallace, Britain has one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive, and Sarah Moule brings their songs to life with wit and understanding.
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The Musician
The recording quality is pure gold.
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The Guardian
Moule's purring voice - honeyed in sound, subtle in timing and pitch, shrewd in weighting the music with meaning.
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Jazzwise
This is a classy and very enjoyable production.
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