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My Life in Pieces

[No Numberl


1. Small Day Tomorrow
2. Orange Coloured Sky
3. The Nearness of You
4. Don’t Tell Me
5. You Don’t Know What Love Is
6. More Than You Know
7. On a Clear Day
8. Wouldn’t it be Loverly?
9. How Can This be Love?
10. 30 Seconds
11. Every Breath You Take
12. Do I Love You?

Parry Ray – Vocals
John Crawford – Piano
Andy Hamill – Double bass, harmonica
Darren Altman – Drums
Simon Finch – Trumpet
Nigel Price – Guitar  


Parry Ray was a new name for me, but this is an excellent CD. It has a nice mixture of standard and original songs, all of which are delivered with great enthusiasm and purpose. The arrangements, many by the singer, are well thought-out to fit the style and words of the song. The backing trio is excellent and the guests also acquit themselves well. 

For such an accomplished arranger, composer and singer, I was quite surprised to read that she studied Physics at University! The uncertainty of the music industry, however, means that anyone anticipating a career in it is wise to have a back-up. It would be a pity if this young singer could not make a living in it; she has good diction and intonation - two essentials - and she projects a personality whilst delivering the songs. No doubt the fact that she can play bass, guitar and piano helps a lot with her performance. There are just a couple of moments when the pitching is not entirely accurate, but they are so minor that I am sure they will be corrected in the future.

A very impressive first album, in my opinion well worth hearing, I hope to hear more of this young lady in the future. It is a shame that public taste puts the winners of The X Factor above singers of this quality.

I was puzzled as to why the record has no number and I do wish the people who pick the colours for album liners would choose their colours more carefully. Red on black is very difficult to read! 

Don Mather




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