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Reunion with Ingrid James

Artist: Trudy Kerr

Date of Release: 06/09/2010

Catalogue no: JITCD1054

Label: Jazzizit Records

Price: £10

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

This could be the start of something big

3.35

2

 

Baby you should know it

4.43

3

 

You're Everything

4.35

4

 

Soft Shoe

2.55

5

 

A Little Crazy (Un Poco Loco)

4.23

6

 

Finding Beauty

4.00

7

 

When My Anger Starts to Cry

4.51

8

 

Girl Talk

3.25

9

 

Way Over Yonder/So Far Away

3.21

10

 

Cry No More (Canto de Ossanha)

3.58

11

 

Dancing on the Ceiling

4.16

12

 

Art Deco

5.07

13

 

Waltzing Matilda

2.54

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Ingrid James

Trudy Kerrʼs ninth album, ʻReunionʼ on the Jazzizit label, sees her teaming up with her long-time friend, the Australian jazz chanteuse, Ingrid James. Between them, they deliver an eclectic selection of jazz, latin and folk songs by composers such as Chick Corea, Bob Dorough, Baden Powell and Carole King. Supported by Tom Cawley (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Seb de Krom (drums), Trudy and Ingrid laid down the albumʼs thirteen tracks at the Clowns Pocket Studios in Kent. Song titles include a swinging version of ʻThis Could Be the Start of Something Bigʼ inspired by Jon Hendricks; ʻDancing on the Ceilingʼ with a vocalese penned by Georgie Fame; ʻCry No Moreʼ by Baden Powell and ʻSoft Shoeʼ based on the original Gerry Mulligan Quartet arrangement. Trudy and Ingrid provided the words for the vocalese on ʻSoft Shoeʼ and the complete lyrics for Bud Powellʼs ʻA Little Crazyʼ aka Un Poco Loco.

 

Reviews

 

13/09/2010 Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

A typically classy affair with the two singers a genuine double act.

“Jazz vocal duo albums are pretty rare and this is, as always a classy offering from Kerr and her colleagues. It’s also unusual to find two duetting singers who sound so similar when so many vocal pairings go for the “chalk and cheese” approach. Kerr and James come from similar musical and cultural backgrounds and have many shared influences. They obviously have great respect for each other’s abilities and this is reflected in their work, a partnership of equals where nobody gets in each other’s way. Cawley, Gascoyne and de Krom are superb throughout, sympathetic and supportive, always adding but never imposing. There are some neat instrumental solos and cameos, notably from Cawley, but really this album is all about the singing and the songs.“Reunion” is a sophisticated package that is likely to attract healthy audience numbers for the duo’s forthcoming UK tour. Having already toured the album around Australia Kerr and James should be in fine voice...” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

 

13/09/2010 Kenny Mathieson. The List


“Trudy Kerr has been UK-based for some time now, but is originally from Queensland, home of Ingrid James. As the title suggests, the two singers are
old friends, and met up again for this set of swinging jazz interpretations. Both are firmly in the conventional mould of easy-on-the-ear mainstream singers,
but each is individual enough within that style to make a readily identifiable mark.

No boundaries are being pushed here, but it is a very agreeable outing, and one that strays into some less expected repertoire, including vocalese
takes on Bud Powell’s ‘Un Poco Loco’, Gerry Mulligan’s ‘Soft Shoe’ and Rodgers & Hart’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, and the fine Don Cherry-Sheila Jordan
song, ‘Art Deco’. The accompaniments by pianist Tom Cawley, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastian do Krom ooze sophisticated class.”

 

20/08/2010 Alison Kerr

Trudy Kerr & Ingrid James: Reunion (Jazzizit JITCD 1054) **** (4 stars)

“Australian singers Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James worked together regularly in Oz two decades ago and despite Kerr settling in London, have enjoyed
parallel careers. Listening to this CD – very much a 21st century affair as it was rehearsed over Skype – you’d never realise that they hadn’t collaborated
regularly in so long. Their voices work together a treat, weaving round each other, harmonising with each other and sharing the spotlight throughout.
The songs are a mix of numbers by contemporary writers and vocalese tunes with a couple of old classics thrown in.”

 

16/08/2010 Gordon Sapsed, 'Songbirds' Yahoo Group

Trudy Kerr and Ingrid James "Reunion" - here's a good one!

“Australian singer Ingrid James was a new name to me prior to this release on which she is partnered by the UK-based Australian Trudy Kerr.
We have debated the question 'What is a jazz singer?' here on numerous occasions. This CD demonstrates exactly what, for my ears, makes a jazz singer.
"Reunion" (Jazzizit records JITCD1054) came about when Ingrid James visited the UK last year. Each of the singers offered choices for the CD's repertoire –
including items they had worked on with others in duo, items they had adopted from other jazz singers, scat vocals they had written themselves and
improvised scat in the studio. Alongside them they have a superb rhythm team of Tom Cawley - currently rated one of the hottest piano players on the UK scene,
plus Sebastian de Krom, drums and Geoff Gascoyne, bass, who stepped down from several years accompanying Jamie Cullum to the top and now are busy in
UK studios and concerts in other roles. Cawley's piano breaks on this CD are especially effective.
Geoff Gascoyne, who is married to Trudy Kerr, contributed his arranging skills to some songs on this album and plays,
in partnership with Seb de Crom, superbly well here. Production was by Trudy Kerr and Derek Nash - who recorded the album
in his Clowns Pocket Studios. The packaging is superb and I feel this CD echoes the first song, Steve Allen's 'This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
(I realise that title has been tried several times before to launch CDs - sometimes as the CD title, but this one really works)...”

 

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