Cameron Graves back in 2021 with the ''thrash-jazz'' of Seven

Rumbling bravura jazz-rock on 'Red' from pianist Cameron Graves drawn from Seven to be released by Artistry/Mack Avenue in February 2021 is the order of the day. A quartet affair, Graves is with guitarist Colin Cook, bass guitarist Max Gerl and …

Published: 16 Nov 2020. Updated: 14 days.

Rumbling bravura jazz-rock on 'Red' from pianist Cameron Graves drawn from Seven to be released by Artistry/Mack Avenue in February 2021 is the order of the day. A quartet affair, Graves is with guitarist Colin Cook, bass guitarist Max Gerl and drummer Mike Mitchell. Three years back Planetary Prince, The Epic pianist's record of the time, had a swagger and compelling mystical drive full of optimistic improvising and a sunlit baroque dancing quality to it. On Seven, Graves follows in the footsteps of his soul singer father Carl Graves by singing on the track 'Eternal Paradise.'

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'Something Happens to Me' features on Clare Teal album They Say It's Swing

A late contender for jazz vocals album of the year, certainly if you are into classic, vintage, swing there is none finer from Clare Teal at the top of her game here. Drawn from her upcoming album They Say It's Swing, let's zone in on the version of …

Published: 16 Nov 2020. Updated: 14 days.

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A late contender for jazz vocals album of the year, certainly if you are into classic, vintage, swing there is none finer from Clare Teal at the top of her game here. Drawn from her upcoming album They Say It's Swing, let's zone in on the version of 'When Sunny Gets Blue' writers Marvin Fisher and Jack Segal's 'Something Happens to Me' featuring a nimble trumpet solo by James Copus quite terrific as is Jason Rebello's solo on the track. I'm trying to think of the most suitable match of classic versions to get you in the mood and provide context.

Covered by Nat King Cole and by Nancy Wilson, Clare's vocal is more Shirley Horn but not really Blossom Dearie-like although the instrumental arrangement has a little of an affinity with the May I Come In treatment. However, Clare has her own fantastic sound derived chiefly from Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline and Ella among the mix inside her very sophisticated hugely swinging style.

A more recent version of the song (best line in the eloquent lyrics: ''a strange kind of chemical change goes rushing through me'') was Jackie Ryan's excellent take that is definitely worth a listen and which Clare's version shares some timbral qualities with along best of all with Shirley. Album release date is 1 December. Clare Teal, photo: via Bandcamp.