Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Fred Thomas, Matthieu Michel, Lost Ships

Not an early morning record more a late night one, Lost Ships is accessible yet highly arty. Recorded at la Buissonne in the south of France a month before lockdown 'I'm A Fool To Want You' is the outlier but not the most successful track, more …

Published: 13 Nov 2020. Updated: 18 months.

Not an early morning record more a late night one, Lost Ships is accessible yet highly arty. Recorded at la Buissonne in the south of France a month before lockdown 'I'm A Fool To Want You' is the outlier but not the most successful track, more convincing by far is 'Numb'. Fred Thomas on piano on the title track provides one of the best moments and is an ideal, introverted, accompanist. Matthieu Michel's role on flugel is not really that significant apart from providing a little interesting colour here and there, but underneath the vocal on 'Numb' it adds a certain ominous quality that helps make the track compelling. While not a horn player's record fundamentally the record is more about sublime harmonies mainly emanating from Rob Luft and Thomas and that persuasive voice. Duni's sound is reminiscent of Christine Tobin especially but not exclusively on 'Flying Kites' and 'Empty Street' and certainly in her eclecticism and command of varied repertoire that encompasses an Albanian folk side, referencing the country of Duni's birth, shares with Tobin an ability to put her own stamp on anything that she chooses to sing. The best, isn't it always, is kept to last and Duni's memorable take on Charles Aznavour's 'Hier encore' clearly suggests such a thought. On ECM.

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George Benson made our highlights of the year last year and this suave treatment of 'Turn Your Love Around' from the new Weekend in London follows suit and makes our 2020 list with some ease. See the current marlbank list of the top jazz guitarists …

Published: 12 Nov 2020. Updated: 18 months.

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George Benson made our highlights of the year last year and this suave treatment of 'Turn Your Love Around' from the new Weekend in London follows suit and makes our 2020 list with some ease. See the current marlbank list of the top jazz guitarists on the planet. Pssst someone said he could sing a bit. We've also been listening to the version of the song from The George Benson Collection that appeared back in the 1980s. And keeping to the Vanthropological thread from earlier check on Duets, Good King Bad with the pride of Hyndford Street on 'Higher than the World' in 2015.