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Sunday's top 10 in the playlist

Updated daily - specially selected - the 10 tracks you need to stop right now and listen to asap. Saturday's: The great jazz pianist and bandleader Monty Alexander, top, turns 80 on D Day, the day the Jamaican-American's album of the same name is …

Published: 26 May 2024. Updated: 54 days.

Updated daily - specially selected - the 10 tracks you need to stop right now and listen to asap.
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The great jazz pianist and bandleader Monty Alexander, top, turns 80 on D Day, the day the Jamaican-American's album of the same name is issued. He returns to Ronnie Scott's to play with bassist Luke Sellick and drummer Jason Brown from 24-28 June: photo: emilianolasansky.com

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Angela Verbrugge, Somewhere, Origin ***

Another extremely estimable album from US jazz indie Origin, on fire at the moment with a string of recent releases that have included the wonderful Karrin Allyson album A Kiss for Brazil. Canadian singer Angela Verbrugge who hails from Kingston, …

Published: 25 May 2024. Updated: 52 days.

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Another extremely estimable album from US jazz indie Origin, on fire at the moment with a string of recent releases that have included the wonderful Karrin Allyson album A Kiss for Brazil. Canadian singer Angela Verbrugge who hails from Kingston, Ontario and more recently has been based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, is convincing on an engaging set lit up particularly by the Ernie Watts-like tenor playing of saxist Dave Say on a new version of Verbruggen's own song 'Je Ne Veux Pas Te Dire Bonsoir'. But the main focus of the album sung mostly in English recorded in a couple of Vancouver studios and in New Jersey does not involve saxophone, more the power of the voice with a small rhythm section.

Treatments of Billie Holiday and Sassy classics stand out

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In terms of repertoire you don't often hear a version of 1930s Bernie Hanighen/Paul Cates song 'If the Moon Turns Green' recorded by Billie Holiday in the 50s any more to which pianist Ray Gallon - so good with Naama Gheber on 2020's Dearly Beloved - contributes engagingly. Verbruggen's fine, communicative, voice is completely different from the Billie Holiday sound. There's no direct singer that the original sounding Verbrugge obviously compares to, although she has been influenced by Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall. The title track features duo partner singer Erik Kalaidzis. Co-producer bassist Cameron Brown excels most conversationally on a low down and dirty take on Freddie Green and Don Wolf's 'Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)' - a classic for Sarah Vaughan with Count Basie - where Verbrugge injects a lot of personality into her persuasive vocal. A perfect singer for a crossover jazz-and-showsongs kind of club like Crazy Coqs or the Pheasantry. Angela Verbrugge, photo: Karolina Turek