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The Observer
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London Evening Standard
4 Stars
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The Scotland Herald
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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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‘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 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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Bebop Spoken Here
'another outstanding project'
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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 - Mojo


01 October 2015
Mojo
Fred Dellar
4 Stars

World-class jazz in a stellar setting. From Hastings.

Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. Given the slightest of material, she can convert it into something resembling a classic Blue Note date in terms of validity. Even her take on Willie Nelson's version of Bring Me Sunshine, a song steeped in Saturday night Morecambe & Wise jollity, becomes a memorable, soul-filled offering, her vocals given added weight by her marvellously reflective piano lines. Her version of Almost Like Being In Love is a high-speed scat workout that leaves mouths open and throats dry, but it's the quality ballads which find the Hastings-based performer in unsurpassable form - heart-rending on the guitar-accompanied I Cover The Waterfront and a superlative interpretation of Kurt Weill's My Ship, though she is equally moving on more con-temporary fare such as Alison Krauss's Get Me Through December. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.


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