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Jaclyn Guillou: The Lover's Walk (2014)

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Jaclyn Guillou: The Lover's Walk Canada has long been the breeding ground for jazz musicians and vocalists, pianist Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
1925 - 2007
piano
and Diana Krall
Diana Krall
Diana Krall
b.1964
piano
being notable examples. Vancouver-native Jaclyn Guillou is a multi-talented performer (song, dance and stage) who has carved out both an Old and New World presence. She released her first recording in 2011, To The City, a collection of standards are original compositions. She follows this recording with the present The Lover's Walk where she commands creation of seven probing compositions recorded in Belgium with her European quartet (she sported a Canadian quintet on her previous disc).

The Lover's Walk is a slim collection, perhaps too slim to be called an album but too long to be considered an EP (kind of like a "little big band"). It is a moody piece of work ranging from the Norma Winstone
Norma Winstone
Norma Winstone
b.1941
vocalist
-inspired title piece that reveals Guillou's beautifully pliant and precise voice to the staccato-contemporary-inspired "If You." One hears notes of Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
vocalist
and Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

vocalist
with a hint of Madeleine Peyroux. That said, Guillou's voice is such a seamless synthesis that it is wholly unique. The ballad "Restless" is airy with pianist Bram Weijters
Bram Weijters
Bram Weijters
b.1980
piano
' spacious flourishes. Guillou sings spaciously, floating above her piano partner, sometimes forcefully emotive, sometimes sotto voce.

"Sometimes" is an assertive, up-tempo piece approximating the sophisticated urban-pace of traffic, propelled by Weijters' rolling block chords. The pianst gets his blues chops on effectively. The disc ends on the most traditionally harmonic piece, "Goodbye December." Guillou gives a reverent performance well supported by Weijters. This is the sound of genre crossover at its most successful.


Track Listing: The Lover’s Walk; Burning Question; If You; Restless; The Road; Sometimes; Goodbye December.

Personnel: Jaclyn Guillou: vocals; Bram Weijters: piano; Piet Verbist: bass; Toon Van Dionant: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Vocal


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