Audio takeover - the art of the jazz singer and top 5 vocals-jazz albums of 2022 so far

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 TOP 5 More broadly best jazz vocals this year so far in list form as a bonus - the top 5, …

Published: 6 Sep 2022. Updated: 21 days.

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

TOP 5

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)

3 Melody Gardot and Philippe Powell Entre eux deux Decca

4 Claire Martin, Gwyneth Herbert, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Luca Manning, Sara Colman Heart of Mine:The Ross Lorraine songbook

5 Cécile McLorin Salvant Ghost Song Nonesuch

Looking ahead

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

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Blue Reality Quartet, Ella's Island, Mahakala Music ****

One of our favourite avant records last year was the Michael Marcus, Joe McPhee, Warren Smith, Jay Rosen extravaganza Blue Reality Quartet! Serene and quiet, contemplative, you could really hear the extra elements of the instruments and the …

Published: 5 Sep 2022. Updated: 21 days.

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One of our favourite avant records last year was the Michael Marcus, Joe McPhee, Warren Smith, Jay Rosen extravaganza Blue Reality Quartet! Serene and quiet, contemplative, you could really hear the extra elements of the instruments and the expression in the crafting and the way the afternotes mean something.

They repeat that suite of emotions here and it is a tonic for the senses.

Make no mistake they do not play the sentimental cosy card but they are delivering direct from the heart. Abstract music that has its own sense of tonality flirting with melody but with pulse and vibrational revelation even more important engrained deep down the quartet are back with Ella's Island just as good if not better than last year's gem.

Perhaps you don't get the Mingusian sense you got on the earlier record's 'Joe's Train' but instead there is even more classic width say on 'Minefields In Opulence' for instance when the approach journeys more Dolphy-like instead. Smith adds a lot of dynamic velocity within the sound which is a strong suit of the album overall as too is the Bud Powell homage 'Buttercup' where Rosen rises to the challenge. 'Low and Slow' is moving - simple as that and no higher praise. We'd love to hear this quartet live, a thought to cling on to however much an impossible dream that may well turn out to be.