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Jazz vocals and overall album of the week: Jo Harrop, The Path of a Tear, Lateralize ****

Cherry pick ruthlessly for maximum enjoyment. But quality albums such as The Path of a Tear only come along once in a blue moon. In addition to 'Beautiful Fools' there's another Jo Harrop/Ian Barter co-write on the album which is significant given …

Published: 6 Jun 2024. Updated: 41 days.

Cherry pick ruthlessly for maximum enjoyment. But quality albums such as The Path of a Tear only come along once in a blue moon. In addition to 'Beautiful Fools' there's another Jo Harrop/Ian Barter co-write on the album which is significant given that Barter gelled so well with Chester-Le-Street's finest on the initial single - the other song that they worked on is called 'Stay Here Tonight'. Ian played guitar on Amy Winehouse album Frank and wrote the lyrics and co-produced Dermot Kennedy's glorious 'Couldn't Tell.'

Produced by Larry Klein in the States and who has also delivered up the excellent recent Tutu Puoane album Wrapped in Rhythm Vol 1 and who also plays bass guitar on The Path of a Tear - the title track song itself is a Jo & Greg Soussan co-write. Input from another jazz musician from County Durham is pianist Paul Edis who has worked with Jo extensively. The twinkling Paul's input to 'Never Lonely in Soho' works well. And this is where erstwhile Diana Krall jazz guitar legend Anthony Wilson is so perfect. The location of the song, familiar to many habitués of Soho jazz clubs is at the heart of the jazz village on the corner of Old Compton Street and Greek Street. Champagne for breakfast on a Monday morning… all dressed up in your Sunday best… the cleverness in the lyrics is the commentary that muses on the ''charade'' of the all-consuming bohemian lifestyle because ''nothing is entirely what it seems.''

The album covers are Leonard Cohen's 'Traveling Light' - it's on You Want It Darker; the Elton John and Leon Russell gem 'If It Wasn't For Bad' is also a significant presence of the Lateralize release. And just as well chosen - from 'The Galway Girl' writer Steve Earle - 'Goodbye' from the mid-1990s covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Curtis Stigers since makes it on. The drummer-percussionist on the album is sessioneer Victor Indrizzo whose rolling 1-2-slam of the cymbal-3 beat fill at the beginning of 'Traveling Light' is super tasty; Jim Cox is on keys and the double bassist is David Piltch who is on a range of notable k. d. lang recordings particularly k. d.'s spinetingling homage to Canada - Hymns of the 49th Parallel.

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Published: 6 Jun 2024. Updated: 44 days.

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