? Now there's a pair of new kids on the blockTed and Gladys. Or is there? Check the sleeve of The Rhythm Of Life: Ted & Gladys and all is not quite as it seems. The dodgy photos of the musicians in their younger daysespecially Gladys and guitarist Chris Allard
are a tad puzzling and the lady and gentleman on the cover photo are rather familiar. The credits make it clearTed and Gladys are the noms de musique of the husband and wife team of bassist Geoff Gascoyne
The best of Kerr and Gascoyne's creations are characterized by an engaging melody, lyrics which tell stories and some deft playing from the band. "Been So Long" features Anthony Kerr's sparkling vibes. Trudy Kerr's vocal is sultry yet vulnerable. "Rosie" is a tale of first love, with the heartbreak such a thing entails when everyone involved is yet to reach their teens. It's a lovely song, Kerr's light and wistful vocal underpinned by a surprisingly joyous tune and Martin Shaw
's trumpet solo gets the emotional impact just right. "Lovely Blue Dress" is more upbeat: a lighthearted story of the impact of the titular clothing on Kerr's social life (among other things).
Ted and Gladys may never be spoken of in the same breath as Apollo C Vermouth and Winston O'Boogie but Kerr and Gascoyne, already well-respected artists, will only enhance their reputations with this album full of stylish and engaging songs.
Track Listing: Been So Long; The Rhythm Of Life; Save Me; Beat Of My Heart; Poppies; Lovely Blue Dress; Rosie; Letter By Letter; Girl Alone; Hey John; Elusive Butterfly; With These Hands; Without You.
Personnel: Trudy Kerr: vocals; Geoff Gascoyne: bass, backing vocals; Martin Shaw: trumpet; Andy Panayi: tenor saxophone, flute; Tom Cawley: piano, Fender Rhodes; Anthony Kerr: vibraphone; Chris Allard: guitar; Matt Home: drums; Ashley Slater: trombone (3).