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



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CLARE TEAL

Don’t Talk

Sony Jazz Columbia 5186702

 

 

  1. Messin’ With Fire
  2. When In Rome (Do as the Romans Do)
  3. Stoned Soul Picnic
  4. Everything is You
  5. What are you Doing with the Rest of Your Life
  6. You Bring the Best Out of Me
  7. The Music Goes Round and Round
  8. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
  9. Mood Indigo
  10. Falling For You
  11. In a Mellow Tone
  12. So In love
  13. I Just want to Make Love to You

The version of this record I received is marked ‘For promotion Only-Not for Sale, release date October 2004. I assume therefore it is now released and generally available. It is Clare’s first recording for a major international record company and very good it is too! I tried her website for more information on the supporting musicians, but no further info. was available.

The reason for searching is that the backings are as good, as Clare’s exceptional singing, the backing groups vary from jazz quintet (Alan Barnes?), to swinging big band, to string choir.

It seems certain that Clare has a very big future in the world of International record sales, she has a fine voice, excellent diction and phrasing and that certain something, that makes a good singer into an international star. She also contributes several of her own compositions, which are in no way out of place with the works of Ellington, Porter etc. There is some wonderful jazz trumpet on The Music Goes Round and Round (Bruce Adams?) and some fine excellent jazz tenor (Ben Castle?) on other tracks.

In a Mellow Tone gets a Manhattan Transfer type of treatment, very well performed by all concerned, but with Clare leading the way home throughout!

So In love, is back to the intimate treatment with vibes and guitar used to great effect in the backing. Finally back to the big band for a swinging bluesy I Just want to Make love to You, do I remember Peggy Lee doing this one, or is my mind playing tricks on me?

Congratulations to all concerned for a fine album!

Don Mather

 


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