Confetti Falling in the Rain CC/Teddy D RECOMMENDED  

Colette Cassidy may be an Irish Claire Martin in her willingness to match the classic to the contemporary.

     The title track is a song for the spurned with a kind of Rumer via Karen Carpenter meets Michel Legrand-type atmosphere, there is no self-pity. And yet there is a captivating tristesse to the Cassidy style that frames everything. Mainstreamer Nigel Clark is the consummate accompanist plucking waterfalls of silver sounds from his guitar, less plectrum prestidigitation than draw the curtains, forget everything, simply listen. Cassidy has a very persuasive way musically about her, a ringing tone and a measured pace to her journey from note to note diverting from a Stormy Weather-like melodic and step-away in the words on opener After Hours. And Clark basically listens and chooses the right chords. He just leans into the songs and holds up a lamp to illuminate some of the darker spaces or just instead if he needs to is not afraid to stub out the emotion so as to make the silences between the notes only linger.

     The singer is holding an umbrella on the cover, the rain seems to have begun to fall by the time singer and guitarist have reached the woods yet there is nothing overly drab here either. Songs are all originals and they work, no need to even think about having to live in them as you are already in. An excellent album because the writing (lyrics and melodies) and musicianship in studio performance down Fingal and Wicklow way are all high quality. What more need anyone ask for than some quiet time to study the lyrics and let their subtleties swim around for as long as it takes to mean something shaped within the little for now elusive details. And, that is, all, however ineluctable and so long a desire, that you need to take away from a jazz vocals album. SG 
Been through it all... song of resilience Black and White Story, is the third song in, above. The duo launch the album at the Odessa Club in Dublin on 6 April. Tickets