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Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non chiamatelo retro soul. Quello di Zara McFarlane (e dell'inglese Corinne Bailey Rae, della francese Laika Fatien e altre) è un fenomeno nuovo. Sono cantanti europee dalla pelle nera che fondono jazz e soul music rivestendoli di una patina pop, intima e raffinata. Senza esagerare nei giudizi la qualità è alta e si va oltre l'imitazione ...

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Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by Phil Barnes

In the current short term, fast buck, major label A&R climate Brownswood stand out like a beacon for the way that they back and develop their artists. Perhaps the different ethos comes from the top, Gilles Peterson is the label boss after all, but in any event less sensitive hands might not have allowed a talent ...

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Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

On her full-length follow up to 2010's EP Until Tomorrow, London-based singer Zara McFarlane perfects her blend of austere instrumentation and mantra-like rhythms supporting her rich and warm voice that owe more to Mongo Santamaria than reputedly Nina Simone or Roberta Flack. An album centerpiece, “Woman in the Olive Groves" undulates like “Afro Blue" while being ...