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... so musically talented that hearing them verges on the sublime
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...The delivery was charming, the vocals outstanding
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Establishes him also as a gifted songwriter.
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The Vortex Website
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Ian Shaw - Lifejacket - Time Out


17 April 2008
Time Out

One of Britain's most inventive jazz vocalists, Shaw's remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style have seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with sparkling wit. Yet latest solo album, 'Lifejacket' finds him in confessional, if playful, singer-songwriter mode. Revealing his ear for a savvy pop hook, but always spiking his material with jazzy harmonic twists, Shaw is both entertaining and endearing on these self-deprecating Soho stories.


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