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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



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LYAMBIKO

Shades of Delight

Nagel Hayer 2034

 

 

    1. Moondance
    2. Tenderly
    3. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me warm
    4. Lush Life
    5. Your Mind is on Vacation (and your Mouth is working Overtime)
    6. Black Coffee
    7. Morning
    8. Dindi
    9. Malaika
    10. Savannah Suite; Drum And Bass And Bananas, Llangamo, Afro Blue Revisited
    11. Isn’t It a Lovely Day

Lyambiko – vocals

Marque Lowenthal – piano, keyboard, synth

Robin Draganic – bass

Torsen Zwingenberger – drums

 

This band is new for me, but I like what I hear, from the sleeve note it is obvious that they are busy performers and if this CD is anything to go by, their live performances must be even better. Lyambiko is a rapidly developing jazz singer who is not afraid to tackle difficult material (Lush Life) and new material. She needs no safety net!

The trio is also excellent both as accompanists and as soloists in their own right, they have a fine collective sound and feel, as well as being individually brilliant.

Lyambiko knows how to sock out the blues; track 5 has her working well in this essential role for a jazz singer. It is nice to hear another version of Black Coffee. The programme selection is interesting and varied and includes some African songs that Lyambiko heard from her father. I feel the group should decide what kind of outfit they want to be and go for it, they are good enough, but I have heard a number of records lately from groups who are trying to cover many different genre and end up with no identity at all.

I am sure we will here more of Lyambiko in the future.

Don Mather

 



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