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New in track of the week: Sam Braysher - The Right Guy For Me

Paying tribute to Kurt Weill. What an admirably jaunty introduction to the song. So after the alto saxophone beboppery rains down so effectively, a flying no-holds-barred rendition in the vocal line from Sara Dowling explores the storyline about …

Published: 31 May 2024. Updated: 48 days.

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Paying tribute to Kurt Weill.

What an admirably jaunty introduction to the song. So after the alto saxophone beboppery rains down so effectively, a flying no-holds-barred rendition in the vocal line from Sara Dowling explores the storyline about an ideal man when ideal is really fundamentally not some paragon of a creature but an acceptance of someone - flaws and all - who matches what the protagonist most desires.

Recorded in a Swindon studio in May 2023 drawn from Sam Braysher's That's Him: The Music of Kurt Weill, album tracks altogether are: 'Here I'll Stay' (Kurt Weill/Alan Jay Lerner); 'What Good Would the Moon Be?' (feat. Sara Dowling) (Kurt Weill/Langston Hughes); 'Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed' (Kurt Weill/Langston Hughes); 'Ships Adrift' (Sam Braysher); 'Liebeslied' (Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht); 'The Right Guy For Me' (feat. Sara Dowling) (Kurt Weill/Sam Coslow); 'Marterl' (Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht); 'Bilbao-Song' (Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht); 'That's Him' (feat. Sara Dowling) (Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash); and 'This is New' (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin).

Braysher trio album Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man was released in 2021 and featured pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Jeremy Brown. The album was recorded in Spain and was released four years after Braysher's earlier album also involving Kanan, Golden Earrings.

Guildhall graduate alto saxist Braysher (b.1989) who hails from Norfolk now living in London, on the upcoming album is with Hungarian pianist Matyas Gayer, Italian bassist Dario Di Lecce, the UK drummer Steve Brown who is best known for his work with Scott Hamilton, and special guest singer Sara Dowling. That’s Him: The Music of Kurt Weill out in July is themed around the music of the German-American composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950). Lyrics to the track-of the-day song 'The Right Guy For Me' - which was included on 1938 Fritz Lang film You and Me - are by Sam Coslow (1902-82), who also wrote the words for the classic 'My Old Flame.'

Left-to-right: Dario Di Lecce, Steve Brown, Sam Braysher, Sara Dowling, Matyas Gayer: Photo: Dan Redding

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What a Deal and our friends in the north and Soholians get a look in too on this new live double CD. All eyes are on the Derby of course this weekend friends of the flat, and taking the Epsom salts today we are grooving medicinally to pride of …

Published: 31 May 2024. Updated: 49 days.

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What a Deal and our friends in the north and Soholians get a look in too on this new live double CD.

All eyes are on the Derby of course this weekend friends of the flat, and taking the Epsom salts today we are grooving medicinally to pride of Epsom, and of course it goes without saying where there's a Wes there's a way, his Nigeness, as ever the Price is right and captured best of all live. So this collection of faves from the trails takes us yes to Deal in Kent and then up for fog on the Tyne with our friends in the north in Newcastle and back in Soho Dines dancing at the Pizza get a look in as the reliably swinging guitarist and amigos hit the road. Hammond organist Ross Stanley who is on one of the best Britjazzer albums this year - oh go on have a peek at the list but the clue yes tis with Trish on Journey to Where - is in fine fettle here. Price's journey there and back is probably a nudge better than the not at all knotty Live at Peggy's Skylight given you get more of Nige.

It's good to hear the very estimable Pete Johnstone on some of these tracks spread over 2 CDs. The drummer throughout is the very collegiately minded Joel Barford who returns from the east midlands Peg leg touring perigrinations.

Pick of the whole thing is 'Falling in Love with Love' which to us is like the ultimate theme song of Wednesday nights upstairs at Ronnie's, our favourite jam session anywhere, because Andy Davies makes it his own there and Nigel is very simpatico with Swansea's finest the behatted Dorhamite. Feelgood Friday begins right here. Aidan O'Brien's Euphoric is a rank outsider at 25-1 tomorrow. But the inside choice of jazz runners and riders here - and jazz euphoria there - isn't in short supply at all. Worth a punt. Nigel Price, photo: Steven Cropper