All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

125

Juliet Kelly: Aphrodite

J. Robert Bragonier By

Sign in to view read count
Juliet Kelly was an unlikely prospect for jazz singer and composer. She was raised in London in a strict, religious household where only music of a specifically religious nature was allowed! She knew nothing about jazz, and she had never sung in public. Studying for a degree in economics, she enrolled in an a cappella jazz vocal class at a local music workshop.

Thus serendipitously did she discover her talent for singing and her love of jazz. Within a year she had auditioned for and been accepted into the postgraduate jazz program at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since that time she has worked with many musicians from the other side of the pond, performing in venues around the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Italy, Germany, Israel and Australia.

She is backed in this her debut album by a fine trio of musicians, being joined on “Aphrodite’s Child,” “Siren Song,” and “When You Believe in Love” by alto saxophonist Tony Kofi, who has played with Branford Marsalis, Andrew Hill, and Jazz Jamaica. Ms. Kelly has a warm, rich, lush, natural instrument, and she sings with comfort and assurance. Except for Hammerstein/Romberg’s “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise,” and Adu/Matthewman’s “Your Love is King” (previously recorded by Sade), compositions are her own and personal, ranging from lovely ballads to relaxed, medium tempo grooves.

Taken as a whole, the album casts a luminous spell, with mesmerizing rhythms and haunting lyrics. With this auspicious a debut, Ms. Kelly is a talent whose future contributions will be eagerly awaited.


Track Listing: Alive & Free; Aphrodite

Personnel: Juliet Kelly (vocals), Mike Gorman (piano), Tom Barlow (bass), and Seb Rochford (drums), with guest artist Tony Kofi (alto saxophone)

Title: Aphrodite | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Unknown label

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Tainted Love

Tainted Love

Juliet Kelly
Licorice Kiss

Secret

Secret

Juliet Kelly
Delicious Chemistry

Parallel Universe

Parallel Universe

Juliet Kelly
Delicious Chemistry

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Spellbound Stories

Spellbound Stories

Self Produced
2015

buy
Licorice Kiss

Licorice Kiss

Purple Stiletto
2009

buy
Delicious Chemistry

Delicious Chemistry

Self Produced
2005

buy
 

Aphrodite

Unknown label
2004

buy

Related Articles

Read Displaced Diaspora CD/LP/Track Review
Displaced Diaspora
by Chris May
Published: October 19, 2018
Read In Real Time CD/LP/Track Review
In Real Time
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Freebird CD/LP/Track Review
Freebird
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2018
Read The Dream Thief CD/LP/Track Review
The Dream Thief
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Heuristics CD/LP/Track Review
Heuristics
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Subtle Disguise CD/LP/Track Review
Subtle Disguise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 18, 2018
Read "Light in the Ring: The Ali Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Light in the Ring: The Ali Suite
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: June 7, 2018
Read "A History Of Nothing" CD/LP/Track Review A History Of Nothing
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 21, 2018
Read "4" CD/LP/Track Review 4
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 27, 2018
Read "Life Anthem" CD/LP/Track Review Life Anthem
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 31, 2018
Read "Eden" CD/LP/Track Review Eden
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 10, 2018
Read "Mønk" CD/LP/Track Review Mønk
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 14, 2018