Ian Shaw - Drawn to All Things - The List
The Eaglesham-based label have had considerable success with jazz vocalists, including Carol Kidd, Claire Martin and Barb Jungr. Ian Shaw is often described as Britain's top male jazz singer, and is a strong addition to that list. His debut for the label focuses on his interpretations of the songs of Joni Mitchell, never an easy assignment to pull off.
He does so with conviction and no little style, succeeding in adding his own feel to the songs without sacrificing the original conceptions in the process. A strong cast of London-based jazz musicians as well as singers Claire Martin and Lea de Laria provide classy accompaniment on an album with strong crossover potential. ****