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That's the Way It Is

Artist: Clare Teal

Date of Release: 01/01/2001

Catalogue no: CCD79767

Label: Candid

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Messin’ With Fire

2

 

Night And Day

3

 

You’re My Thrill

4

 

Love Is A State Of Mind

5

 

Heber, The Receiver

6

 

That’s The Way It Is

7

 

Ill Wind

8

 

How Little We Know

9

 

Sleep, Little Man

10

 

Our Love Is Here To Stay

11

 

Speak Low

12

 

Circle Moon Play music

 

 

 

 

Clare Teal is an exceptional new talent on the jazz scene - a singer with intense warmth and passion whose delicate phrasing and heartfelt interpretation of lyrics are the very essence of her music. Add to that a major songwriting talent and you have a young lady who is likely to equal the heights reached by all other British jazz chanteuses in record time. Miss Teal exudes positivity, with an incredible sense of humour. This ‘joie de vivre’ is on display on THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - her debut album on Candid. Here Clare is blessed with accompaniment by some of the UK’s top mainstream musicians.

Pianist Martin Litton provided most of the arrangements with telling instrumental contributions by himself and reedman Trevor Whiting. On guitar is Nils Solberg (also co-producer), and Richard Jefferies, John Day (bass) and Rod Bown (drums) complete the band.

The tunes Clare selected for the album indeed mirror her tastes in music, ranging from her dynamic originals Messin’ with Fire and Heber to the sophisticated ballad artistry of You’re My Thrill and Ill Wind. Whiting is responsible for some memorable tenor playing (evidence his Bostic-like work on Clare’s Sleep Little Man) and elsewhere puts in some top drawer clarinet and soprano work. Likewise Martin Litton gives more than a nod in the direction of Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller where appropriate.

Clare says: “The actual recording was great fun. The studio had a wonderful atmosphere and charming people. All the musicians were asked to submit their favourite songs, Martin chose the fabulous Carmichael tune ‘How Little We Know’. It came from the Bogart & Bacall classic ‘To Have & Have Not" Bacall couldn't sing and rumour has it that a 16 year old Andy Williams sang it while she mimed. When it came to recording our version, things were going so wrong that we very nearly scrapped the whole thing, then suddenly it all came together in just one take. It's a nice coincidence that Alan bought Candid from Andy Williams.” Clare adds “Other than stopping the session to gawp at a bloody woodpecker (that hadn't been seen for years) and the hysterical collapse of the band when a woman was silently dragged along by her car right in front of their eyes, nothing much happened at all!”

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2001 Charles Dunlap

“Clare's luxuriant voice, delicate phrasing and breezy, carefree air recall the great jazz singers of the Fifties, including the greatest of all, Ella Fitzgerald.”

 

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