Heidi Martin, Gifts and Sacrifices ****

A treat in store for jazz-vocals fans released at the end of this month this from American singer Heidi Martin full of original, involving compositions with some very sensitive accompaniment by among others guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Tarus …

Published: 14 Apr 2022. Updated: 8 days.

A treat in store for jazz-vocals fans released at the end of this month this from American singer Heidi Martin full of original, involving compositions with some very sensitive accompaniment by among others guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Eric Harland recorded in a New York studio last summer. At times you land as if in Joni Mitchell territory time-travelling as the record dips and darts into unexpected areas and sharing the same oblique poeticism of Mitchell and a certain spirit of adventure musically and lyrically that lifts the spirits. If you're into Dena DeRose, Patricia Barber or Tierney Sutton step this way.

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The W, Live at Kings Place, Ubuntu EP ****

The W manage the knack of balancing vocals and deep instrumental passages without one element overpowering the other. Bruno Heinen's pianism is one dazzling pillar of the record and the other is the powerful singer Heidi Vogel whose wordless …

Published: 13 Apr 2022. Updated: 2 years.

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The W manage the knack of balancing vocals and deep instrumental passages without one element overpowering the other. Bruno Heinen's pianism is one dazzling pillar of the record and the other is the powerful singer Heidi Vogel whose wordless improvisations add an incisive and winningly mysterious sense of attack to the overall sound. With bassist Andrea di Biase and drum star Gene Calderazzo completing the band there is a solid bedrock at the core of it all. A slim EP: you just want to hear more. Clearly one of the best UK jazz releases of the year to date.