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Christine Tobin: A Thousand Kisses Deep

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A Thousand Kisses Deep brings together Christine Tobin's voice, Leonard Cohen's songs, a bunch of Premier League musicians and superb arrangements. What's not to like? Nothing. There's absolutely nothing not to like. Tobin is blessed with a distinctive, expressive, voice. She's also an artist who pursues her own vision with an admirable determination--and who isn't afraid to risk comparison with some of the finest writers of the modern era. That vision has seen her re-imagining Carole King's classic album in Tapestry Unravelled (Trail Belle, 2010) and setting the words of William Butler Yeats to her own music on ...

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Christine Tobin: Sailing To Byzantium

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On Sailing To Byzantium singer/songwriter Christine Tobin adds music to the poems of Ireland's much-loved William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Get this wrong, and an entire nation might well demand answers: get it right and a richly imaginative and beautiful recording is promised. Tobin gets it right.Tobin's love of Yeats goes back to her teens in Dublin, when her first boyfriend would read her two of the poems: the beautiful “When You Are Old" and the mysterious “The Song Of Wandering Aengus." Sailing To Byzantium originated in Tobin's 2010 performance of Yeats' poems, given at the invitation of the ...

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Christine Tobin and Liam Noble: Unraveling Tapestry

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Christine Tobin is an uncompromising singer whose distinctive voice has graced the British jazz scene since the mid-1990s. Whether singing her own songs or interpreting the work of others, Tobin brings a unique sensibility to each number; creating atmospheric and, at times, emotionally intense performances. Liam Noble, one of the UK's most original jazz pianists, has worked with Tobin for some years as part of her regular band, as well as leading his own projects. Both performers can be expected to produce original and exciting work, and new music from either of them is eagerly awaited.

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Christine Tobin and Liam Noble: Tapestry Unravelled

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For many jazz singers, the Great American Songbook is the body of work that must be delved into and reinterpreted. In more recent years, the work of writers such as Tom Waits and Nick Cave is emerging as the source for some fine jazz-based interpretations. The singer/songwriters of the '70s, perhaps surprisingly, have yet to become such a central part of the jazz vocal canon, but singer Christine Tobin and pianist Liam Noble may be set to change things with Tapestry Unravelled. This re-visioning of Carole King's multi-million selling Tapestry (Ode, 1971) is a beautiful, innovative and very personal take ...

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Christine Tobin / Liam Noble: Tapestry Unravelled

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After seven, mostly self-penned albums on the Babel label, Tapesty Unravelled is something of a departure for the Irish-born, UK-based singer Christine Tobin: all but one of the tunes are covers, and, for the first time, the setting is stripped down to a duo. But as on the earlier albums, Tobin weaves her signature mix of jazz and folk influences, while pianist Liam Noble ensures a high degree of “pure" jazz content.

As some will already have surmised, Tapestry Unravelled is a celebration of singer/songwriter Carole King's landmark album, Tapestry (A&M, 1971). Tobin has resequenced the tracks but ...

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Christine Tobin: Slotting into Place

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She may have won this year's BBC Jazz Award for best vocalist, yet Christine Tobin was not, ostensibly at least, the main attraction in Radioplay, which just completed its October, 2008 run at London's Lyric theatre following an earlier incarnation at the Vortex last year. Rather, with guitarist Phil Robson and bassist Dave Whitford, her job was to provide a live soundtrack to a frequently surreal one-man show from a gentleman named Ed Gaughan.

“It's a comedy play about the history of radio in America," Tobin explained afterwards, cigarette in one hand, glass of wine in ...

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Christine Tobin: Secret Life of a Girl

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Three years--and a lifetime--in gestation, Secret Life of a Girl is an album London-based singer/songwriter Christine Tobin spoke about when she gave an interview to AAJ in autumn 2005. At the time, Tobin was touring in support of Romance and Revolution (Babel, 2004), the sixth own-name disc she'd recorded since 1995 and, like its predecessors, a soulful and intelligently programmed mixture of originals and covers.

Secret Life of a Girl continues that tradition. There are just two covers this time, Leonard Cohen's world weary “Everybody Knows" and Rufus Wainwright's playful “Poses." The other seven tracks are Tobin originals, ...

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Christine Tobin: Romancing the Radical

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Brought up in Ireland, singer/songwriter Christine Tobin moved to London in '87. She gigged prolifically before forming her own band and starting to record in the mid '90s. She is today one of the most highly regarded musicians on the British cutting edge, rooted in jazz but roaming far beyond it. One prominent commentator has described her as “the Bjork of Euro jazz," and Tobin's willingness to go her own way, schooled in the tradition but ultimately independent of it, marks her out as a rare and singular talent.

In '95 Tobin began a continuing relationship with Oliver ...

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Christine Tobin: Romance and Revolution

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In recent years jazz public enemy number one seems to have shifted from “smooth jazz" to “jazz vocalists." The heavy promotion and subsequent success of the Kralls, Cullums, and Monheits has almost given vocals in jazz a bad name. It has become much more difficult for a genuinely distinctive singer to be taken seriously in the jazz field.

Well, Christine Tobin is very much the distinctive jazz singer. Originating from Dublin, she first came to notice in the UK as a sometimes Gaelic-singing member of Lammas. Yet she has stressed that her roots are not in Irish traditional music; the ...



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