Liane Carroll - Seaside - Mojo
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.