Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls - The Sunday Times
His piano-playing role in the Old Vic's production of High Society should raise his profile no end. Longtime jazz lovers, on the other hand, will need no reminding of Stilgoe's talents as a very British version of Harry Connick Jr. While he may hanker after the musical values of yesteryear - Louis Prima, Nat "King" Cole and Gene Kelly all get a namecheck on Two-Tones - the pick of the songs, most of them originals, have a modern, funky sheen. A sprinkling of big-band arrangements supplies demure high kicks, too.