First Fergus McCreadie solo piano recording to be released this month

Fergus McCreadie's long time label Edition has announced details of Sketches, a new 5-track EP from the pianist to be released later this month - the multi-award winning Scottish jazz musician's first solo recording. Tracks include a solo version …

Published: 14 Nov 2023. Updated: 6 months.

Fergus McCreadie's long time label Edition has announced details of Sketches, a new 5-track EP from the pianist to be released later this month - the multi-award winning Scottish jazz musician's first solo recording.

Tracks include a solo version of 'Glade,' from McCreadie's Mercury shortlisted album Forest Floor.

McCreadie is also to support the recording which was made in Glasgow back in the summer with solo dates in Glasgow, New Galloway, Stirling, Nottingham and Dundee later this month.

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Stacey Kent, Summer Me, Winter Me, Naïve ***1/2

With arrangements on the album by Stacey Kent's husband saxophonist-flautist Jim Tomlinson the anchor the album relies on tracks mine a classic era where jazz became the soundtrack of arthouse films and a certain very classy nostalgia was included …

Published: 14 Nov 2023. Updated: 14 days.

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With arrangements on the album by Stacey Kent's husband saxophonist-flautist Jim Tomlinson the anchor the album relies on tracks mine a classic era where jazz became the soundtrack of arthouse films and a certain very classy nostalgia was included for no extra charge. Opening with a breezy version of Michel Legrand and the Bergmans' 'Summer Me, Winter Me' Stacey sings in French on another Legrand classic 'La Valse des Lilas' and again you land on one of the chief plus points on a Stacey Kent record: that stately feeling of a lost era and a tempo that takes all the time in the world. Jacques Brel's 'If You Go Away' is sung in two versions, one in English one in French. Quintessential Stacey Kent then - and while not a classic in her discography (for these go to The Changing Lights or Dreamer In Concert first) this move to a new label still means business as usual for a remarkable singer who has a sound completely her own.