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A very strong vocals theme to the stories that you are flocking to this week 1 Heart of Mine: Songs of Ross Lorraine - feeling good 2 Lizz Wright, Holding Space, Blues & Greens - album of the week 3 Craig Harris, Managing the Mask …

Published: 17 Jun 2022. Updated: 18 days.

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A very strong vocals theme to the stories that you are flocking to this week

1 Heart of Mine: Songs of Ross Lorraine - feeling good

2 Lizz Wright, Holding Space, Blues & Greens - album of the week

3 Craig Harris, Managing the Mask reviewed

4 20 top jazz spots UK and Ireland

5 Kurt Elling's 'Lonely Avenue' hits the ground running

Thanks for reading marlbank this week. Looking ahead to the summer solstice and next week we plan to run a brand new interview with a rarely interviewed jazz icon whose fantastic new album, a first headliner release in many years, is out in the late-summer. All will be revealed. Before then over the weekend look out for a few listings to gen you up for properly briefed stepping out. Bookmark the site for extra value top listening insights, suggestions and reviews. Heart of Mine producer Claire Martin, top

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Laura Zakian, Dreaming Life ****

It is deeply tempting to begin listening by turning out of sequence to the beautiful cover of Patty Griffin's Downtown Church song 'Come Home To Me' (2010) first. But don't do that. Instead begin at the first downbeat and revel in the interplay …

Published: 17 Jun 2022. Updated: 18 days.

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It is deeply tempting to begin listening by turning out of sequence to the beautiful cover of Patty Griffin's Downtown Church song 'Come Home To Me' (2010) first. But don't do that. Instead begin at the first downbeat and revel in the interplay between voice and the baritone saxophone of Paul Bartholomew on the chamber-jazz arranged opener, 'Plainsong'. Laura Zakian's very unadorned clear-as-a-bell voice is wrapped inside the sound of an at times deftly modal jazz-arranged ''acoustic''-sounding ensemble who make the whole effect so note worthy. Even more satisfying than Minor Moments this is very grown-up music-making, in other words no one is posing or playing the myths in the mists all over again indulgently.

Working closely with the vibist Martin Pyne who wrote practically all of the music, the Norma Winstone-esque calibre lyrics on the Pyne originals are Zakian's. Pyne is usually heard in avant circumstances, perhaps you remember his extraordinary Spirits of Absent Dancers. UK piano great the Inclassificable-era Sheppardian Steve Lodder is an elegant presence as ever.

Available via Pyne's Bandcamp page

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