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1. It's Delovely
2. Tea For Two
3. Cheek To Cheek
4. For Once In My Life
5. Going Nowhere

Anthony Strong - Piano, vocals
Gav Broom, Rob Greenwood - Trumpets
George Philips - Tenor sax
Tom White - Trombone
Billy Adamson - Guitar
Tom Farmer - Bass
Chris Preece - Percussion, drums (tracks 1-3)
John Blease - Drums (tracks 4, 5)
Max Johnson - Sax (track 3)


Singing pianist Jamie Cullum hailed Anthony Strong as a "great singer, great pianist", which is perhaps not surprising as Anthony sounds very like Jamie. Strong is a dynamic singer, although his piano-playing strikes me as more distinguished than his vocals. He is backed by a good group which plays imaginative arrangements that make hackneyed songs sound fresh.

Four of the songs are well-worn jazz standards and the fifth track (labelled unnecessarily as a "bonus track") is an attractive original by Anthony Strong and Guy Mathers. This is only an extended-play record (whatever happened to EPs?) lasting 16 minutes, so Anthony doesn't outstay his welcome. Altogether it's a pleasant but not exceptional disc.

Tony Augarde

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