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Eden

Artist: Julie Edwards

Date of Release: 01/11/2001

Catalogue no: JEKD002

Label: Eden Productions

Price: £11

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

0

 

My Romance (R. Rodgers/L. Hart)

5.23

1

 

Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me (D. Ellington/ B. Russell)

4.17

3

 

Love For Sale (C. Porter)

7.02

4

 

You Would Rather Have The Blues (D. Frishberg)

5.19

5

 

Close Your Eyes (B. Petkere)

4.46

6

 

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (C. Porter)

3.06

7

 

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (F. Landesman/T. Wolf)

6.46

8

 

Agua De Beber (A. C. Jobim/De Moraes)

4.06

9

 

Eden (K. Dearden/J. Edwards)

3.31

10

 

Twisted (W. Gray/A. Ross)

2.45

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Kevin Dearden

Eden features Julie Edwards, vocal; Kevin Dearden, saxes, flute; Nigel Chapman, piano; Tom Mark, bass; Chris Sykes, drums

 

Reviews

 

01/06/2003 Lee Gibson, Musician Magazine

'These days the world is awash with self-styled 'jazz' singers who are producing their own CDs. Most of which, let's face it, are not only inferior but actually debase the genre. Not so here. Julie Edwards, a new name to me, is a true jazz singer and this CD sparkles like a real gem amongst the dross. Her voice is a delight to listen to, everything in place, sound, intonation, range, control and she swings as well. Her chosen material, from the standard jazz repertoire, including 'Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me' and 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most' is simply arranged and beautifully produced and her rendition of 'My Romance' as a ballad is superb. Ably supported by her quartet, Kevin Dearden (who also produced the CD) on saxophones/flute, Nigel Champman, piano, Tom Mark, bass and Chris Sykes, drums, even the up-tempo tracks sound relaxed. Recommended.'

 

01/05/2003 Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International

'Already extremely well known in the North of England, her reputation has begun to spread thanks to being heard on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio 2 show. This CD reveals Edwards to be a very nice singer indeed. She has a good voice, using it to create interesting interpretations of the songs she chooses. More than many of her competitors, Edwards readily communicates to the listener her obvious enjoyment in singing, providing quite conclusively that you can be completely serious about music and still have a ball. Nice accompaniment from the rhythm section and the horns of Kevin Dearden. I have it on very good authority that hearing Edwards live is every bit as good as hearing her on record, so keep an eye out for her on the club circuit. Certainly she is a singer to listen and watch out for, and where better to start than with this recommended CD.'

 

01/03/2003 Jazz Rag

'Plenty of good songs, distinctly varied in mood, on 'Eden'. In the last year or so Julie has been picking up excellent notices, especially in the North of England, and this CD shows why. She sings fresh, intelligent, unshowy versions of fine standards ('My Romance', in particular, in a a quietly intense interpretaion over sparse, but sympathetic, accompaniment), but is equally happy taking risks, successfully essaying Annie Ross' 'Twisted'. Probably best of all is a mature and poised reading of Fran Landesman's 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most'. A word too, for Kevin Dearden in the multiple roles of saxophonist
flautist, arranger, composer and producer!'

 

01/08/2002 www.jazzviews.co.uk

'This is a wonderful album from a singer who deserves far wider recognition for her considerable talents. Julie has been devoting herself to her singing career for the last decade, having completed studies in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Leeds College in 1997 and attending workshops with Mark Murphy, Anita Wardell and Tina May among others, and if there is any justice the hard work should pay off handsomely with the release of this her latest CD. The first thing that becomes apparent is that this is truly a group effort, with everybody contributing fully to the overall quintet sound, and if at first glance this appears to be another album of familiar standards, then listen on. From the outset Julie brings a contemporary slant to each of the titles whilst retaining the feel and mood of the song, thus breathing new life into the chosen numbers. The programme is nicely paced, with Kevin Dearden’s nice arrangement of “Love For Sale” (complete with blues-inflected alto playing) particularly memorable, along with pianist, Dave Frishberg’s “You Would Rather Have The Blues”, and a relaxed “Close Your Eyes”. Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” has a pretty direct statement of intent from pianist, Nigel Chapman, with his fine solo almost set to hi jack the number and make it his own; and a daring take on the tricky Wardell Gray line “Twisted” accompanied only by the solid playing of bassist Tom Mark. The ballads are covered with a lonesome “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” with Dearden’s flute a perfect foil, and “My Romance” (perhaps the choice cut) with Kevin this time on soprano. Definitely an album worth searching out.' This jazz website rated 'Eden' number 2 in their top 10 UK albums of 2002. For an interview with Julie go to www.jazzviews.co.uk

 

01/07/2002 Jazz UK

'An impressive album from singer Julie Edwards - mostly familiar standards, but each sounding fresh as Julie discovers new twists and nuances in the songs, her voice full of vitality, her delivery constantly engaging. And this is much more than simply a vocalist with some musicians in tow - in fact, it's a well thought-out group performance in which the others contribute greatly to the overall shape of each piece, with saxophonist Kevin Dearden consistently complementing the vocals, and pianist Nigel Chapman, bassist Tom Mark and drummer Chris Sykes each adding immensely to the collective effort.'

 

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