Liane Carroll - Slow Down

Splash Point Records SPR004CD    ****
Liane Carroll (v, p, Wurlitzer) and Ian Shaw (p). Rec. 23 April 2007

There can’t be many more pleasurable ways of spending an hour than in the company of Slow Down, Liane Carroll’s latest collection of 14 hand-picked ballads. Including material recalled from her childhood and teenage years, the singer’s most personal recording to date features one spine-tingling song after another.

Terence Blanchard - A Take Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)

Blue Note 91532    ***
Blanchard (t), Brice Winston (ts, ss), Aaron Parks (p), Derrick Hodge (b, el b), Kendrick Scott (d, perc), Zack Harmin (tables) and Northwest Sinfonia (strings). Rec. 2006

The soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary When The Levees Broke is, as one would imagine, an intensely moving affair. Blanchard, a native New Orleansian, must have been affected by the devastation of the iconic city with as much intensity as anybody and turns in one of his best performances on record to date. His playing is wounded, anguished, gracious and sublime, his tone finely wrought and clearly enunciated, pushing at emotional peaks with compelling conviction.

Kenny Cox - Introducing Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet

Blue Note 0946 3 85189-2    ****
Cox (p), Charles Moore (t), Leon Henderson (ts), Ron Brooks (b) and Danny Spencer (d).  Rec. 1968-69

Julien Lourau - Vs Rumbabierta

Label Bleu LBLC 6690    ****
Lourau (ts, ss, as, v), Sebastian Quezada (v, perc), Onilde Gomez Valon (v, perc), Javier Campos Martinez, Abraham Manfa Mansfaroll, Miguel Puntilla Rios (perc, v), Felipe Cabrera (b), Eric Lohrer (g) and Maika Munan (g) Rec date not stated

Bobby Hutcherson - For Sentimental Reasons

Kind of Blue 10020        ****
Hutcherson (vb), Renée Rosnes (p), Dwayne Burno (b) and Al Foster (d). Rec. 2006

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