Published since 2001
Elliott enjoys music with energy, chops and tension; whether it be from the mainstream or the outermost fringe.
Another young talent is 22-year-old Gwyneth Herbert, who jump starts things with a sassy in your face rendering of the so cool it's hot "Love Has Got a Sting in its Tail" and then brings the proceedings to a starkly sensual close with the French lyric of "Pour Maintenant." The wonderful British cabaret artist and song stylist Barbara Jungr gives a soulfully scorching blues performance on "Mother Didn't Tell Me" before she plays off Hilary Juergen's cello to give a dignified presentation of Shakespeare's "Under the Greenwood Tree."
Completing things are two veterans of Ronnie Scott's famous London club who lend their unique stylings to BB's music: Irish-born Christine Tobin and Aussie chanteuse Trudy Kerr. Tobin interprets Shakespeare's "All the World's a Stage" in a classically inspired performance that features Juergen, Brian Wright's violin and Thad Kelly's bass while Kerr's precise phrasing properly portrays the cheeky swinger on "The Girl Across the Hall." True to its title, Cooper's melodies and varied musical sense provide a fitting forum for the best of British vocal jazz to strut their stuff.
Track Listing: 1. Love Has Got A Sting In Its Tail 2. The Girl Across The Hall 3. How Late It Is 4. I Only Want To Be With You Tonight 5. Mother Didn't Tell Me 6. Taking It Easy Now 7. All The World's A Stage 8. The Way Up 9. Under The Greenwood Tree 10. Almost There 11. Pour Maintenant
Personnel: Symeon Cosburn, Jacqui Dankworth, Polly Gibbons, Gwyneth Herbert, Barb Jungr, Trudy Kerr, Ian Shaw and Christine Tobin (vocals), Ian Shaw (piano, Hammond and Fender), Mark Fletcher (drums), Thad Kelly (bass), Brian Wright (violin), Hilary Juergen (cello), Ollie Usiskin (drums on "Taking It Easy Now")
Record Label: Artfield
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