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Classic jazz singer Carol Sloane has died at the age of 85

The death has been reported in the United States of jazz singer Carol Sloane who has died aged 85. According to The Washington Post citing her step daughter as source the cause of death yesterday was complications from a stroke suffered two years …

Published: 24 Jan 2023. Updated: 18 months.

The death has been reported in the United States of jazz singer Carol Sloane who has died aged 85. According to The Washington Post citing her step daughter as source the cause of death yesterday was complications from a stroke suffered two years ago. Sloane signed to Columbia Records in the 1960s and recorded studio album Out of the Blue and live album, Live At 30th Street. Her career gathered pace and she opened in clubs for comedians including Woody Allen, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce and later toured and recorded in Japan. In the 1990s she signed with Concord Jazz and recorded a tribute to her original mentor Carmen McRae on an album entitled The Songs Carmen Sang.

Sloane's rendition of Rodgers and Hart's 'Little Girl Blue' on the album Out of The Blue certainly is a monument to an artistry that endured and attained considerable acclaim down the decades.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe, Shigeto, Melanie Charles, Hotel San Claudio, Soul Bank Records ***1/2

There is superb production skill throughout on this dreamy collaboration that finds Melanie Charles as hip as a soul-into-jazz singer as any around at the moment who certainly oozes cool on 'MFT' as the sonic background swirls around. And on …

Published: 23 Jan 2023. Updated: 16 months.

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There is superb production skill throughout on this dreamy collaboration that finds Melanie Charles as hip as a soul-into-jazz singer as any around at the moment who certainly oozes cool on 'MFT' as the sonic background swirls around. And on 'Kanazawa' the big song of the record, very much a club anthem in the making, the sort of track somebody could do a frenetic remix to but which more than stands on its own legs.

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Mostly a very much middle-of-the-evening lounge record rooted in the customised world of de Clive-Lowe's broken beats milieu you'd be happy to listen to the record if there isn't a live act on in a cafe bar - certainly a record for listening to with friends in a public space as opposed to one for angsty listens on your tod worrying about the state of the planet stuck helplessly doom scrolling all night long at home. De Clive-Lowe's keyboards touch start to really engage on 'Bushido' and the whole album is bookended by 'The Creator Has A Masterplan'. Part II of the classic is streaming ahead of the album's full release. Charles impresses again on 'Love Is Everywhere'. Drummer producer Shigeto (Zach Saginaw) provides a certain wow factor and it's a good intro to what he can do here building on a stylish underground Detroit hinterland.

Shigeto, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Melanie Charles, photo: press

Hotel San Claudio is out on 24 March

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  • Dig Shigeto going back a bit on 'MCW' - on Bandcamp, above, 2019