Alexander Stewart moves more into the pop mainstream with I Thought About You but never forgets where he’s coming from.

Yet there’s still plenty of appeal for jazz fans here by one of the brightest and best new jazz-influenced singers to have emerged on the UK scene in recent years.

There’s an energy and style to opener ‘Part Time Lover’ that is quite infectious and plenty of feeling and sheer empathy on a range of material where arguably the Bacharach/David material shines through most brightly. Closer ‘A House is Not A Home’ is worth buying the album for alone. Tender as the night for sure the album is out now on Herzog Records.

Hear Stewart too on the new Copasetics record Call me Lucky.

Very much tasty meat, potato and two veg kind of bluesily swinging jazz, a big bustling tenor sound from Danish tenorist Tomas Franck and his band of brothers. And no-nonsense drumming from Impossible Gentlemen drummer Adam Nussbaum drives the hard bop direction of the album, the Parlan originals chosen by the pianist himself, compellingly.

Bassist Jimmi Roger Pedersen toured with the former Blue Note artist and ex-Archie Shepp pianist Horace Parlan for many years and adds that extra special bass intuition to the sound while pianist Thomas Clausen has the unenviable task of occupying the Parlan piano chair.

The CD also comes with a DVD and there are some vocal tracks featuring singer Sinne Eeg.

UK release 9 September