'...a songwriter of uncommon originality...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer
'Music should be fun and the new album from pianist and singer/songwriter Joe Stilgoe is just that.' The Telegraph
'...it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace...there's also a superb duet with the incomparable Liane Carroll.' Jazzwise
'His third album is an express journey - in an exquisitely furnished, authentic carriage - back to a pre-bebop era of bronzed, big-band swing, and witty pianist-singers.' The Arts Desk
'Longtime jazz lovers will need no reminding of Stilgoe's talents as a very British version of Harry Connick Jr.' The Sunday Times
New Songs For Old Souls is Joe's first studio album for Linn Records, following his signing to the label in 2014. The Digital Deluxe Version comprises fourteen songs with eleven terrific originals by Joe, including three thrilling big band numbers: ‘Nobody Cares Like Me', ‘Pocket Song' and a new version of ‘Gold On Silver', previously heard on Songs On Film Live.
Joe's seamless ability to mix contemporary style with a fond nostalgia for the Golden Era of Gene Kelly and Louis Prima means his ‘old soul' finds a perfect match in these ‘new songs'. Joe's trademark catchy hooks and clever lyrics (full of intricate rhymes and clever twists reminiscent of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter) create an instant familiarity.
Joe also duets with Liane Carroll on a wistful cover of Brian Wilson's ‘I Just Wasn't Made For These Times', one of the album's three non-original songs.
View the booklet in full here.
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'Onomatopoeic delights and acerbic wit from top-drawer duo.'more >>The Jazz Rag
'Perfection is the word for this collection.'more >>Jazz Journal
'man of the moment'more >>Jazzwise
'Joe Stilgoe looks back to the Great American Songbook with such feeling, energy and, yes, love that it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace.'more >>The Arts Desk
'Stilgoe's voice, so demure on the gentler songs, has a gritty rasp when extended, like a trombone played hard...'more >>The Sunday Times
'...the pick of the songs, most of them originals, have a modern, funky sheen.'more >>The Telegraph
Best Jazz Albums of 2015: '...quirky and interesting and there's a nostalgic charm to [the] big band numbers...'more >>When in doubt…Ridout Blog
'I defy you to resist the jazzy goodness...'more >>BBC London 94.9 'Robert Elms'
'A splendid thing indeed.'more >>The Observer
'... an album that you just can't stop playing.'more >>Sunday Express
'The urbane Joe croons his way through a selection of nostalgia-inspired original songs - snappily arranged and beautifully sung.'more >>Mail on Sunday
'A joyful new big-band album.'more >>Sunday Express 'S Magazine'
'...bursting with new songs and big band numbers.'more >>London Evening Standard
'Modern jazz infused with the spirit of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.'more >>BBC Radio 2 'Weekend Wogan'
'A good record.'Marlbank
'...clever, lyrically strong album...'more >>Soul and Jazz and Funk
'Album highlights are two gorgeous ballads - his own "Gold On Silver" and a cover of the standard "Too Late Now".'more >>BBC Radio 2 'Elaine Paige on Sunday'
'A lovely arrangement there...I like that a lot.'more >>
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