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Mojo
4 Stars
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
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Jazzwise
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'exceptional album'
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The Guardian
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‘Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.’
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BBC Radio 2 'Jamie Cullum'
'Another great British musician; a big fan of hers…well worth your time, the whole album…the title track is a beautiful one written by Joe Stilgoe.'
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The Jazz Breakfast
'Liane Carroll has to be the most flexible singer in the business, capable of such sensitive delicacy one minute and such gutsy raunchiness the next. This disc continues her purple patch.'
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BBC Radio London ‘Robert Elms’
Live In Session ‘She was great. It’s a really good album.’
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York Press
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The New Listener
,,Bei Seaside stimmt absolut alles, wodurch dieses Album unbestreitbar zu den hörenswertesten Jazzneuheiten zählt.''
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The Observer
4 Stars
'It's a haunting piece ["Seaside"], beautifully arranged, which brings out her extraordinary ability to absorb the essence of a song and deliver it with such candour that you scarcely notice the artistry involved.'
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London Evening Standard
4 Stars
'Carroll sends her big, warm voice swinging through "Almost Like Being In Love" and the Morecambe and Wise theme, "Bring Me Sunshine". There's soul here, too, on a version of "Mercy Now" by Mary Gauthier; a sensitive take on Alison Krauss's already fragile "Get Me Through December" is set to prompt oceans of tears.'
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BBC Scotland ‘Jazz House’
‘She is just the biggest, best bundle of musical fun you could possibly imagine. She is also one of the most fantastic jazz singers and pianists in the world. Her name, is Liane Carroll…from it is a blistering version showcasing no only Liane’s fabulous piano playing, but her amazing scat singing on “Almost Like Being In Love”...It's quite phenomenal...She's a real star.'
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The Scotland Herald
'... immaculately produced by James McMillan, this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue.'
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AP Reviews
'...an inviting musical promenade which encounters sunny exuberance, swaggering grooves and tender, reassuring love, sometimes tinged with melancholy.'
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The Sunday Times
'The title number, written by the irrepressible Joe Stilgoe, has to be one of the finest new songs of the year, the bittersweet lyrics burnished by Evan Jolly's brass-band arrangement.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'The warm-voiced and open-hearted singer and pianist Liane Carroll pays tribute to her home port of Hastings, nailing her colours affectionately and often passionately to the mast.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Line-Up’
'She has the remarkable ability to sing every song totally from the heart as if she has just written it herself...this is the title track written especially for her by the uber-talented Joe Stilgoe.'
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Jazz Views
'This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year.'
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Liane Carroll - Seaside - Bebop Spoken Here


08 September 2015
Bebop Spoken Here
Debra M.

The preeminent UK jazz singer & pianist, and long-time south coast resident, Liane Carroll's latest album is devoted to the sea and its environs. Initiated by the song Seaside, written for Carroll by singer-songwriter Joe Stilgoe, this musically diverse selection explores love and relationships, reflecting how changes in the physical environment are used as metaphors for the transience and frailty of so much that is cherished.

The opening and title song sets the scene, with an atmospheric brass introduction to a tender waltz, with seaside reminiscences of new found love (Come kiss me quickly...). In contrast, the next track is an up tempo & totally swinging version of Almost like Being in Love, with Carroll letting loose in some relaxed & accomplished acapella scat. Yet she knows when to hold back and focus on the lyric, with heartfelt deliveries of Bring Me Sunshine and Alison Krauss's Get Me Through December.  The excellent piano trio (keyboard duties shared with Mark Edwards) is augmented by Julian Siegel's tenor in a laid back, funky take on Nobody's Fault But Mine.  Evan Jolly's fine horn arrangements are featured elsewhere, notably in US folk singer Mary Gauthier's Mercy Now, which gradually builds to a wall of sound, complementing Carroll's powerful, soulful rendition. The album ends aptly with the hymn For Those in Peril on the Sea, featuring Grammy nominated producer James McMillan on soaring flugel hornSeaside is their third album together, and another outstanding project. 


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