31

Georgia Mancio and Nigel Price: Come Rain Or Come Shine

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Georgia Mancio and Nigel Price: Come Rain Or Come Shine Subtlety. It's a useful characteristic in many walks of life. It's underused, too. Come Rain Or Come Shine, the first recording from the partnership of singer Georgia Mancio and guitarist Nigel Price, is an object lesson in subtlety, in understated interpretation, in the impact of nuance. It's really rather good.

Mancio and Price are well-established performers with growing reputations—Price's Organ Trio won the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble, Mancio's third album, Silhouette (Roomspin Records), was one of 2010's best albums. They recorded Come Rain Or Come Shine in two afternoon sessions in London's Loft Studios. Each track was recorded "as live," with no overdubs. It's not clear if the 10 tracks were all first takes, but there's a spontaneous, fresh, feel to the entire album: nothing's been over-thought.

Such freshness is especially notable given that this is a collection of classic songs. What more can be done with "Falling In Love With Love" or "Moonlight In Vermont"? Plenty, it appears. Mancio and Price breathe new life into these old standards with the subtlest of changes. Mancio can re-invigorate a lyric with the slightest shift in emphasis, timing or intonation: Price is equally stylish on acoustic or electric guitars, his playing demonstrating real empathy with the emotions of each song.

Come Rain Or Come Shine is credited to Mancio and Price "with Julie Walkington." It's true that the bassist (who featured on Silhouette) stays predominantly in the background, but her playing is crucial to the success of the album. Whether she's swinging at an impressive tempo ("That Old Black Magic") or playing with a measured economy ("Manha De Carnaval"), Walkington provides the rhythmic anchor for Price and Mancio's melodic journeys.

Two numbers serve to emphasise the strengths of Come Rain Or Come Shine. "That Old Black Magic" gets its drive from the aforementioned swinging bass. Mancio joyously plays with phrasing and tempo. Price takes off with a solo which is simply superb. Fast, flowing, melodic and full of invention, it mixes lightning-fast single note runs with full, rich chords—a perfect match for Mancio's sparkling vocal. The song's upbeat, positive and excited view of love is followed by "Softly As I Leave You," a tale of love's end. The sudden shift in mood, tempo and narrative is quite breathtaking. Price sits this one out, giving Walkington a chance to take a lead instrumental role as Mancio crafts a heartbreaking vocal.

Sometimes subtlety just doesn't cut it. Come Rain Or Come Shine is much more than "really rather good." It's beautiful.

Track Listing: Alone Together; That Old Black Magic; Softly As I Leave You; Manha De Carnaval; Gone With The Wind; Give Me The Simple Life; Moonlight In Vermont; Falling In Love With Love; Come Rain Or Come Shine; We'll Be Together Again.

Personnel: Georgia Mancio: vocals; Nigel Price: guitars; Julie Walkington: bass.

Title: Come Rain Or Come Shine | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Roomspin Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Sonder CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Putting Off Death CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Guitar Fantasies" CD/LP/Track Review Guitar Fantasies
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "Day After Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Eka" CD/LP/Track Review Eka
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Keep Me Singing" CD/LP/Track Review Keep Me Singing
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Trinity One" CD/LP/Track Review Trinity One
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 31, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.