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.