Jaclyn Guillou: The Lover's WalkBy
The Lover's Walk is a slim collection, perhaps too slim to be called an album but too long to be considered an EP (kind of like a "little big band"). It is a moody piece of work ranging from the Norma Winstone-inspired title piece that reveals Guillou's beautifully pliant and precise voice to the staccato-contemporary-inspired "If You." One hears notes of Billie Holiday and Rickie Lee Jones with a hint of Madeleine Peyroux. That said, Guillou's voice is such a seamless synthesis that it is wholly unique. The ballad "Restless" is airy with pianist Bram Weijters' spacious flourishes. Guillou sings spaciously, floating above her piano partner, sometimes forcefully emotive, sometimes sotto voce.
"Sometimes" is an assertive, up-tempo piece approximating the sophisticated urban-pace of traffic, propelled by Weijters' rolling block chords. The pianst gets his blues chops on effectively. The disc ends on the most traditionally harmonic piece, "Goodbye December." Guillou gives a reverent performance well supported by Weijters. This is the sound of genre crossover at its most successful.
The Lover’s Walk; Burning Question; If You; Restless; The Road; Sometimes; Goodbye December.
Jaclyn Guillou: vocals; Bram Weijters: piano; Piet Verbist: bass; Toon Van Dionant: drums.
Title: The Lover's Walk | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced
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