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Stardust streams ahead of Tuesday's Charlie Moon Sings & Plays O'Regans

And just like Chet, I tend to fall in love too easily – Laufey Charlie Moon, pictured, son of jazz singer Mia Parsons and Irish jazz guitar great Nigel Mooney and a formidable soft singer and guitarist already in his own right - here with a very …

Published: 16 May 2024. Updated: 36 days.

And just like Chet, I tend to fall in love too easily

– Laufey

Charlie Moon, pictured, son of jazz singer Mia Parsons and Irish jazz guitar great Nigel Mooney and a formidable soft singer and guitarist already in his own right - here with a very fine version of Hoagy Carmichael/Mitchell Parish classic 'Stardust' now streaming.

The zeitgeist for ''soft singing'' is perfect as there's an appetite for the style at the moment in the wake of the all conquering Laufey. Moon could also be seen to emerge in the lineage up to a point of swinging Irish jazz singer Cormac Kenevey.

It's a marvellous night for a Moon dance

The pedigree Hoagy treatment is drawn from Charlie Moon Sings & Plays to be launched next week accompanied by double bassist Barry Donohue at South Great George's Street hostelry O'Regans on Tuesday night.

An alumnus of leading Irish jazz tertiary level music college Newpark, Moon's guitar playing is Barney Kessel (1923-2004) influenced. On the Irishman's own Dot Time Records release Patchwork (2022) fellow Dubliner Donohue who joins him for the launch also contributed. Gig and ticketing details for Tuesday night's launch - make for the basement Keg Room

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Karrin Allyson, A Kiss for Brazil, Origin *****

A dynamic year so far for jazz vocals - and there's something inside so strong as the feeling intensifies still more liltingly on A Kiss for Brazil out tomorrow. Featuring the great singer from Bahia, Rosa Passos (Amorosa, 2004) - there are few …

Published: 16 May 2024. Updated: 37 days.

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A dynamic year so far for jazz vocals - and there's something inside so strong as the feeling intensifies still more liltingly on A Kiss for Brazil out tomorrow. Featuring the great singer from Bahia, Rosa Passos (Amorosa, 2004) - there are few singers on the planet who can take a note for a walk like US singer Karrin Allyson.

Opener 'Flor de Lis' is streaming

The A Kiss for Brazil version of Tom Jobim's 'Wave' covered so often since Equinox by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 is for these ears among the 21st century treatments peerless. Walk into any winebar an ocean distant from Rio and say from unequatorial Redditch to a less than sweltering Scunthorpe, Carlisle to Carlyon Bay guaranteed - some time some day - the bossa nova breeze of 'Wave' somehow lifting up out from the in-house PA will make your day if sufficiently receptive to hear it as if or even for the first time.

One of the year's best jazz albums and not only because of the version of 'Wave' but for the Passos contributions and the feel the rhythm section injects. Personnel with Karrin include gifted guitarist - known for his work with Monty Alexander - Yotam Silberstein, whose own album Standards lit us up inside earlier in the year. Recorded in a Teaneck studio in New Jersey last year Harvie S (pleasurable with Billy Drummond and Skip Grasso) is immaculate on bass. Another triumph for jazz indie Origin - their best album since Nnenna Freelon's sublime Time Traveler.

Karrin Allyson, photo art detail. The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together - Jobim