Jazz vocals are covered in the latest audio takeover podcast post from the marlbank series running each day this week. Subscribe on Spotify and listen above
More broadly best jazz vocals this year so far in list form as a bonus - the top 5, agenda-setting recordings, all are:
1 Tierney Sutton Paris Sessions 2 BFM Jazz
2 Kurt Elling SuperBlue - The London Sessions Edition (EP)
5 Cécile McLorin Salvant Ghost Song Nonesuch
Find time for the new Samara Joy and Judith Owen releases when full release time comes around.
BEYOND JAZZ AND YET RELATABLE
Word to the wise and a huge prospect this week is to go for the new Foy Vance album Signs of Life: Live From the Highlands to be released on Thursday. We share above 'Sapling' a song for the ages lyrically, emotionally, performatively perfect from the mercurial Vance which blew us away in the car the other day - we had to pull over to properly listen - and invades the pores. [In the video here it's Seán Óg Graham on guitar reviewed here in this piece at a live show playing as part of Beoga] Vance plays a huge arena show in Belfast on Friday. While beyond category and not a jazz singer at all he is highly relatable in the deep humanity of this incredible song, expression-laden balladry, and the ultimate transformative power in his lust for life. Tierney Sutton, top. Photo: press