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Fini Bearman

Fini Bearman is a London based singer, multi-instrumentalist & composer, who has a ‘rare sense of melody running through her eclectic compositions, full of catchy twists and turns’. Her music melds diverse influences from jazz, folk and contemporary music into an 'arresting and uniquely personal' sound. Sometimes dealing with settings of poetry and other times original lyrics, ‘her voice, effortlessly moves between a light precision and warm soulfulness is unmistakably her own’.  Fini released her latest album 'Burn the Boat' in October 2016 and it has already received much glowing reviews from peers and critics including ****'s from Jazzwise, allaboutjazz, the Guardian and the arts desk. '.

Burn The Boat

Label: Two Rivers Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Sand On Sand; Burn The Boat; Gone; I’d Rather Have The Rain; I Know, I Alone; Maybe Next Year; The Idea; Say The Words; Such A Fool.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fini Bearman: Burn The Boat

Read "Burn The Boat" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Vocalist Fini Bearman made an impressive debut as a leader with Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011), a set of her original songs. In 2014 she effectively re-imagined classics on her second album, Porgy And Bess. Burn The Boat returns to the structure of her debut release, presenting another nine of Bearman's original compositions, with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ma: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ma is part of London's endlessly intriguing Loop Collective, a grouping of younger-generation musicians and bands that includes pianist Ivo Neame, vibes player and drummer Jim Hart, trumpeter Rory Simmons and many others. Saxophonist Tom Challenger leads Ma: he's joined in the core trio by Matt Calvert on synths and laptop and by Dave ...

Porgy And Bess

Label: F-IRE Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Gone, Gone, Gone; My Man's Gone Now; I Got Plenty Of Nuthin'; Porgy, I'm Your Woman Now; It Ain't Necessarily So; I Loves You Porgy; There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon; Prayer (Summertime).

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Favorite Albums Of 2014

Read "Bruce Lindsay's Favorite Albums Of 2014" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Christmas Comes But Once A Year, And When It Does It Brings... Lists. Lots of lists. Here's another. A quick glance at this particular list makes it clear that this has been, for me, a singers' year. Let me make it clear from the off--this isn't my list of the best vocal albums I've ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fini Bearman: Porgy And Bess

Read "Porgy And Bess" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

For her second album, singer and songwriter Fini Bearman moves away from the original songs of her debut, Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011). She chooses instead to delve into one of the best-known operas of the twentieth century--George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess. It's a work that has inspired some major jazz performers, including vocal greats ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alice Zawadzki: China Lane

Read "China Lane" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki spent five years creating her first album, China Lane. A group of the UK's most respected young musicians joins her to bring her compositions to life--the result is a strong debut, the arrival of a musician with a distinctive voice and songwriting style. As a writer, Zawadzki doesn't ...

Step Up

Label: Feenz Beenz Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Step Up; Fumei a Vida; Still; Ocean Wide; Kypris; Awakening; Taking Steps.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fini Bearman: Step Up

Read "Step Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Step Up is the debut from British vocalist/songwriter Fini Bearman. Bearman has studied with Judy Niemack, and lists Gretchen Parlato as an influence--two singers with the ability to inhabit the lyrics of a song, giving the impression that even well-worn songbook standards were written about their lives. Bearman shares that quality and also has Cassandra Wilson's ...


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