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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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The Guardian
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Jazzwise
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BBC Radio 2 'Jamie Cullum'
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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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The Observer
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'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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'...an inviting musical promenade which encounters sunny exuberance, swaggering grooves and tender, reassuring love, sometimes tinged with melancholy.'
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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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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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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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Bebop Spoken Here
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Jazz Views
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Liane Carroll - Seaside - The Scotsman


12 September 2015
The Scotsman
Jim Gilchrist
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, accompanied by a sterling assortment of musicians, including Grammy-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist James McMillan.

She opens with the wistful waltz time of Joe Stilgoe's title track, brass cranking the nostalgia to Hovis levels, and ranges through an engaging song choice, not all of which have much to do with the sea - the heady rush of Almost Like Being in Love, for instance, with her scatting over Steve Pearce's racing bass, the sultry blues-stalking of Nobody's Fault But Mine, or the powerful, gospel-inflected Mercy Now.

Bring Me Sunshine has echoes, perhaps of pierhead vaudeville, but not as Morecambe and Wise knew it, instead delivered easefully over Mark Edwards' spare piano deliberations, while she ends with the salty old hymn, For those in Peril on the Sea, straight from the heart and complemented beautifully by McMillan's dignified flugelhorn solo.


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