Just a few decades ago, people listened to musicians who put real emotions and talent into their compositions and arrangements. In jazz, artists such as Judy Garland, Doris Day, and Ella Fitzgerald developed their careers in what is now called the traditional way: they did not go onto television shows to garner popularity nor did they focus all of their energy on one song to become a hit single. These artists influenced Clare Teal through their music; in a now well-known story, Clare discovered a record player and a pile of 78's in her parent's attic and was transported into that time of creativity and passion.
With her album "The Road Less Travelled" Clare Teal takes us back to those days. She continues her voyage into the land of melodic and warm vocal jazz with her third release for Candid Records. After the release of her widely acclaimed "Orsino's Songs," she gained an extensive and distinguished following and caught the attention of radio presenters, magazines, and newspapers alike.
Radio 4 presenter Humphrey Lyttleton called her 'a true great, both as a singer and a songwriter'. Clare has become a staple on the jazz scene. She debuted with the BBC Concert Orchestra on 6 June 2003. She performed with the BBC Big Band and John Dankworth's Big Band, and was one of the only British jazz performers at the Glastonbury Festival. Clare can frequently be heard on Radio Two and has been invited to host the syndicated radio programme 'EuroJazz'. Her wit and exuberance in her music are showcased at her popular live shows.
She won "Best gig in Bath of the whole of 2001" and recently sold out at London's Ronnie Scott's. The Observer named "Orsino's Songs" CD of the Week in November 2002 and gushed that Clare has 'a terrific range of styles and moods...and they all sound natural and unforced'.
In 2003, she was the first vocalist to be nominated for two BBC Jazz Awards in the Best Vocalist and Best Newcomer categories. On this album, Clare is again complimented by her band, who are, as Callum Jones said, 'a group of top players who know exactly what they are doing'.
This group includes familiar names such as Martin Litton, on piano; Nils Solberg, on guitar; John Day, on bass; Rod Brown, on drums; Simon Wallace, on piano; and the new addition of Mark Crooks on reeds. Clare is also joined by two special guests: Jamie Cullum, with whom she shares a record label and a groovy self-penned duet on the title song, and Melvin Duffy, who contributes pedal steel guitar to another, more pensive original called "So Blue". "The Road Less Travelled" will push Clare Teal into the forefront of the modern jazz movement that is being forged by the Candid label. The momentum has been building since her first release and can only gain Clare more listeners and accolades.
2. So Blue
3. The Road Less Travelled
4. Blue Skies
5. Something I Dreamed Last Night
6. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today)
7. Out of Nowhere
8. Velvet Moon
9. This Time the Dream's On Me
10. Change Partners
11. What A Diff'rence A Day Made
13. Teach Me Tonight
14. I'm Beginning To See The Light
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CD Number: CCD79794
Number of Tracks: 14
Date of Release: 2003
Label Name: Candid
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“Apart from her obvious talents as a vocalist, Clare Teal writes songs so attractive that they already sound like well loved standards.” – Dave Gelly (The Observer)
Clare Teal has proved to be without a doubt, one of the most talented newcomers to hit the Jazz scene in years. Not only a wonderfully gifted singer, but also a very promising, melodic, intuitive and witty writer who's own songs are already being heralded as standards. Orsino's Songs is Clare's second album - the content of which is even richer and exudes more warmth than ever.
Clare is accompanied by her regular band made up of the UK's top mainstream musicians, Martin Litton on Piano; Trevor Whiting on Reeds; Nils Solberg on Guitar, John Day on Bass and Rod Brown on Drums. As well as three very special guests Alan Barnes, Ian Shaw + Malcolm Earl Smith. Martin Litton has excelled himself with the arrangements for this selection of well-known classics and originals. He, like Clare, knows how to reach into the very core of a song and his arrangements display a whole variety of styles and emotions.
Clare puts the success of this harmonious and creative partnership down to the fact that both she and Martin share a birthday and are obviously linked by the 17th moon of Uranus! Orsino's Songs really says it all about Clare. The quality of the performance you on this CD is replicated at every one of her concerts and roadshows. The album is a complete experience from start to finish encompassing all the many facets of her unique talents. It's all there the originality, exuberance, pathos, tenderness and wit.
For Clare, like Shakespeare's Orsino, "music is the food of love" and Orsino surely would have approved of this wide-ranging collection of songs carefully tailored to satisfy our musical appetites. California Dreaming, the lead track is an cool, laid back version of the Mamas and Papas classic which lends itself perfectly to the intimate side of the Teal vocal art and dig the gorgeous clarinet solo by the richly talented Alan Barnes. Clare's four cleverly crafted originals are reflective (Life Plans), hip (Let's Not Take a Raincheck), yearning (Ready for Love to Begin) and carefree (Who Bought The Car?). Clare breathes new life into swinging standards like I Only Have Eyes For You and You Make Me Feel So Young and holds us enchanted with her poignant renditions of I Loves You Porgy and In the Still of the Night.
Says Clare: "The making of this album was a delight. We recorded at Blah Street Studios where Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue recorded some of there big hit singles - in an old oast house, which just oozes character and charm. My vocals were recorded using genuine 1930's and 1940's microphones, an experience in itself".