This isn't a jazz record, but I imagine it will arouse much more interest from jazz enthusiasts than many of the recent crop of vocal albums that have earned jazz is back" credits in the mainstream press.
Julia Biel has been working with the musicians of the F-IRE Collective on a number of their recent projects. Those of us outside London have only caught brief glimpses of her on recordings by Polar Bear and Oriole. Not Alone places her at centre stage with a collection devoted mainly to songs composed with guitarist Jonny Phillips.
The light, breezy nature of earlier ...read more