Aga Zaryan, Sara, Warner Music Poland ****

The Sara in the title is the poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), a writer who has also inspired Brad Mehldau. The singer, Aga Zaryan - one of Europe's finest jazz singers. The Pole's style is a little in aesthetic terms like that of US singer …

Published: 14 Dec 2022. Updated: 45 days.

The Sara in the title is the poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), a writer who has also inspired Brad Mehldau. The singer, Aga Zaryan - one of Europe's finest jazz singers.

The Pole's style is a little in aesthetic terms like that of US singer Patricia Barber. A fixture on the Polish scene for the last 20 years, check out the beautiful 'Waiting the Moon' from Zaryan's 2010 album Looking, Walking, Being for instance. And the mood on the new record is part of that long considered sense of continuum.

Zaryan is here with guitarists Szymon Mika and David Dorůžka (also on that earlier album) in a very pared back setting the outcome of which is very ungeneric. Listen without any jazz framing if you like delving into its rootsy Americana base. I saw above a sea of hills/A solitary planet shine/And there was no one near or far/To keep the world from being mine from 'Autumn Dusk' is one of a constellation of shining moments here. Zaryan has amazingly clear diction and there is a weight and grace to her very rewarding approach.

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The nurturing sound of Harry Christelis - today in the podcast

Swiftly on from the two-guitar affair Scribbling this year we're looking ahead to Nurture The Child / Challenge The Adult upcoming in a quartet setting from guitarist Harry Christelis in early-2023. Word on the project is in today's episode of the …

Published: 14 Dec 2022. Updated: 46 days.

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Swiftly on from the two-guitar affair Scribbling this year we're looking ahead to Nurture The Child / Challenge The Adult upcoming in a quartet setting from guitarist Harry Christelis in early-2023. Word on the project is in today's episode of the podcast. On the Clonmell Jazz Social release Christelis is with Maria Chiara Argirò trumpeter Christos Stylianides, bassist Andrea Di Biase, another Argirò connection as Di Biase is on Hidden Seas, and drummer Dave ''Jouska'' Storey. 'Zero Hours' from the album is to be released on Friday. Harry Christelis, photo: Bandcamp