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Take Me Home

Artist: Kaz Simmons

Date of Release: 01/01/2005

Catalogue no: 581

Label: 33Jazz

Price: £6

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Old Devil Moon (E.Y. Harburg & Burton Lane arr. Kaz Simmons)

2

 

Pensativa (Clare Fischer arr. Kaz Simmons)

3

 

I Have Dreamed (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II arr. Kaz Simmons & Matt Dungey)

4

 

Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin arr. Kaz Simmons, Matt Dungey & Simon Thorpe)

5

 

Take Me Home (Tom Waits)

6

 

I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart arr. Gwilym Simcock)

7

 

What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter arr. Kaz Simmons)

8

 

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter arr. Kaz Simmons)

9

 

Moon River (Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer arr. Kaz Simmons)

10

 

Day Is Done (Nick Drake arr. Kaz Simmons)

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Gwilym Simcock

Featuring mostly her own arrangements of jazz standards (Old Devil Moon, Cheek To Cheek) and not-so-standards (Tom Waits’ Take Me Home and Nick Drake’s Day Is Done), she has brought together the outstanding talents of Gwilym Simcock on piano and French horn, Matt Dungey on piano, as well as regular band Sam Crockatt, Simon Thorpe and Dave Smith. The result is a unique sound and a fresh interpretation to some old and new classics.

 

Reviews

 

01/02/2006 Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

"Absolute clarity of diction, a nice line in scat, an exuberant vocal quality and an inventive arranger - Take Me Home perfectly encapsulates the enormous potential of singer Kaz Simmons. In terms of arranging skills it;s the opener 'Old Devil Moon' which grabs the attention, its rhythmic games and nicely reworked harmonies breathing welcome new life into this tired old warhorse. Providing a still centerpiece to the album is the sole/vocal track 'Take Me Home' from Tom Waits' classic soundtrack to Coppola's One From The Heart. This apparently made the cut just a week before recording was due to start - and it's an inspired choice both in its placement and execution. Gwilym Simcock's one arranging credit, 'I Didn't Know What Time It Was', is a superbly imaginative reworking of the Rodgers and Hart tune, its opening syncopated solo piano riff merely hinting at the treasures that lie within. Interestingly, 'Day Is Done; is an arrangement of an arrangement, Simmons name-checking Charlie Hunter's version of this Nick Drake Song (from the guitarist's 2001 album Songs From The Analog Playground) as her source of inspiration. It's a classy cut, with Matt Dungey's tasty work on Fender Rhodes adding just the right amount of retro chic".

 

30/07/2005 Bruce Pulvar, JazzReview.com

When Take Me Home arrived on my desk several weeks ago, I saw the recording included four of my favorite tunes “Old Devil Moon,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “What is this Thing Called Love” and “You’d be So Nice to Come Home To.” I immediately tore into the CD case.

On the way from my desk to the CD player and while my ears eagerly awaited these and the other six tunes that Ms. Simmons had prepared, a shocking wave of panic went through my mind. I stopped in my tracks.

A voice in my head yelled, “Wait! What if these songs are recorded by an aspiring jazz singer as a right of passage?” Sometimes we hear the traditional “compulsory” standards, much like the technical requirements of Ice Skating in the Winter Olympic Games. Well done, but never part of prime-time television coverage? I could not bare the potential let down.

Scared to move, terrified of potential disappointment, I sat the CD aside until the panic dissipated. When I drummed up the courage to take the chance and risk it. WOW!!! I re-learned an old lesson: “He who hesitates is lost.” Ms. Simmons presents a fresh original approach to these wonderful tunes. Even more enjoyable are her creative arrangements that add spunk and bring new life to the each composition. She takes the music in new and wonderful directions. I love seeing an artist step out on the edge and risk rearranging standards. Rearranged, but very well placed.

All the playing is very strong and the supporting musicians are well-schooled and prepared. Ms. Simmons voice is right on and clean, and her ballads are done with powerful emotion. Her playful rhythms keep you on your toes, especially with the time changes in "Old Devil Moon" and quick step feel in "Cheek to Cheek." Ms. Simmons you have created a fine example of taking great songs and doing them extremely well.

I would change only one thing, I would call the CD “Take Me Home and Listen to Me Right Now!” Kaz Simmons’ Take Me Home is a welcome addition to my collection of great music.

 

01/06/2005 Allen Pollack, In Tune International

“A commendable achievement…her bright chirpy optimistic approach is very enjoyable”

 

12/02/2005 George W. Carroll, ejazznews.com

"The U.K's Jazz singer, Kaz Simmons is a young vocal bomb waiting to explode onto the jazz idiom"

 

01/01/2005 Richard Niles -BBC Radio 2

"On the front cover it says: "Take Me Home" - and you ought to."

 

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