The Joanna Eden Trio :
Joanna Eden - piano/voice
Charlie Price - drums
Scott Noftle - bass guitar
Alan Leggett - trumpet ( 1 & 3 )
Francesco Cavalier - guitar ( 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 )
Dan Boutwood - guitar ( 2 )
Alison Neale - flute ( 7 & 11 )
Luke Annersley - tenor saxophone ( 12 )
Julie Walkington - double bass ( 10 )
Recorded London between 1st & 13th October 1999
1. I Don't Smoke
2. Night And Day
3. Here Comes Baby
4. Don't Explain
5. 59th Street Bridge Song
6. Father's Day
7. Sea Journey
8. Lover Man
9. God Bless The Child
10. How Deep
12. A Little Bird Told Me
I must confess that I had never heard of Joanna Eden
before I received this CD. However, I am most impressed by what I have
listened to here. Joanna has a pleasant and highly personal voice which
definitely falls into the Jazz category. There are overtones of many
other artists but her style is essentially her own. Hers is not a powerhouse
of a voice - it rather lends itself to the softer sounds, whilst still
being able to drive at the brighter tempos. From the picture on the
cover Joanna is obviously quite young, but she does not fall into the
trap of a semi-pop persona as, unfortunately, do so many of her contemporaries.
Thematerial is a healthy mix of standards and originals.
Miss Eden shows great talent and originality in her compositional skills.
Of particular note are the swinging "Here Comes Baby " and the intensely
moving "Father's Day"."59th Street Bridge Song" is an interesting and
joyous reworking of the Simon and Garfunkel classic. All of the songs
associated with Billie Holiday are most sensitively handled.
Instrumentally there is much to applaud, not least
of which can be credited to the effective piano from the leader. There
is an excellent guitar solo fromDan Boutwood on "Night And Day" and
much more good guitar playing from Francesco Cavalier throughout the
remainder of the session. Alison Neale contributes admirably on flute
and there are some fine moments from Luke Annnersley on tenor saxophone.
I strongly recommend this offering and look forward
to the day when Joanna Eden is given the same recognition accorded to
such worthies as Clare Teal, Stacey Kentand Claire Martin.