Track of the day: 'Songs of Myself'

Well groove like this does not come along every day. Take a big bow percussionist Kahil El’Zabar; Emma Dayhuff on bass; Justin Dillard, synth, piano, organ. And that's not all. Believe me it's worth knowing that David Murray on tenor sax enters the …

Published: 5 Apr 2020. Updated: 9 months.

Well groove like this does not come along every day. Take a big bow percussionist Kahil El’Zabar; Emma Dayhuff on bass; Justin Dillard, synth, piano, organ.

And that's not all. Believe me it's worth knowing that David Murray on tenor sax enters the fray after just over seven minutes and eight seconds playing as he goes deeper against the ecstatic vocalised cry of El'Zabar breaking free on 'Songs of Myself,' one of the tracks on pre-release, scroll back to track 3. 'Katon' the other track streaming so far has a strong African vibe at the beginning, and then a very stirring bass line from Dayhuff just for starters….

To be released on Spiritmuse Records: El'Zabar and Murray go back 40 years together. Marlbank has still not been fortunate enough to hear El'Zabar live. Murray, however, blew us away back in the autumn in Ellingtonian mode backed by affable Austrian Paul Zauner and pals in front of an appreciative audience at one of the world's best jazz clubs, the Vortex. Without lingering too long, words are pretty much surplus to requirements, 'Songs of Myself' is a revelation.

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Kadri Voorand, Duo with Mihkel Mälgand

Not exactly the snappiest title is In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand. Eurovision isn't on this year but glossy Estonian singer Kadri Voorand, a reinvention too slick by far, would fit right in. It's not great in other words. Voorand possesses an everywoman …

Published: 5 Apr 2020. Updated: 9 months.

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Not exactly the snappiest title is In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand. Eurovision isn't on this year but glossy Estonian singer Kadri Voorand, a reinvention too slick by far, would fit right in. It's not great in other words. Voorand possesses an everywoman voice, bluesy and soulful up to a point but not especially distinctive. You'd perhaps be thrilled to bits if she played your wedding but not so chuffed if you had to sit through a gig going by what's on offer here. The material is not especially magical especially such fare as the banal 'I Must Stop Eating Chocolate' and while bassist Mihkel Mälgand is valued for his experience he is not exactly spectacular as the singer's reliable multi-tasking rock regardless of the fact that he has happily muscled his way into the album title. Covering 'They Don’t Really Care About Us' says a lot for the power of prediction. SG

Released by ACT. Rating: 2 stars. Photo of Kadri Voorand: Jake Farra.