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Kathleen Willison

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23/01/2005 Dave Gelly, The Observer

"Kathleen Willison is an amazingly gifted young singer. At times, she puts me in mind of the young Norma Winstone.
As if that were not enough, she can write songs that sound like songs"

 

01/11/2004 Peter Quinn, Jazzwise Magazine

"Kathleen Willison was a central figure in The Homemade Orchestra’s 2004 album Inside Covers, a wonderfully affectionate off-the-wall homage to 20th Century popular song, which alone would qualify her for the keys to the kingdom. Joined here by pianist Gwilym Simcock and ex-Loose Tubes saxman Tim Whitehead (a founder member of the HMO), from the very opening track – an innovative and genuinely revealing cover of the Bacharach/ David classic – Willison’s debut album Close To You announces a singer with a keen musical intelligence and an indisputable sense of personality. Certain tracks ‘Just In Time’ perhaps most clearly of all, continue very much in the Homemade Orchestra vein, combining sly injections of humour with the enjoyment of going on a journey with the song. The self-penned, incantatory ‘ Look for the Love in your Heart’ illustrates that Willison is also a promising songsmith in her own right. Whitehead and Simcock play superbly throughout and must be a joy for any singer to work with”

 

06/04/2004 James Griffiths, The Guardian

" sung with Moon-bright clarity "

 

02/03/2004 Mike Butler, Manchester Metro

" Willison is the discovery of the album." " sung with Moon-bright clarity " James Griffiths, The Guardian

 

16/09/2002 John.L.Walters, The Guardian, 2002

“Kathleen Willison, a promising singer who handles jazz and classical scores with equal conviction.” .

 

01/02/0005 Karl Stober e-jazznews


"Multi-tasking is an aptitude often avoided by many for it involves a trained mind and a driven vision that one cannot just initiate. it’s a talent that becomes nurtured through time, as in the case of one very professional Kathleen Willison, whose angelically toned vocals offers promise to what already is a craft beyond most. This is what the jazz fandom yearn and dream for, a new generation of jazz maestros made available to us seekers of the craft, led by such talents as the above mentioned Ms. Willison.

Ms. Willison along with Basho Records has let loose that craft under the wrapper of new release “Close To You.” A very poignant yet dynamic exercise in jazz vocals. One will detect the strong range of Ms. Willison at the same time her delicate pitch, acted upon with defined execution.

Another entity which makes this a very intriguing effort is the fine presentation of Tim Whitehead on tenor sax, well known and highly developed in the art of his tool. On keyboards, Gwilym Simcock offers a generous staging of talent that streams through each arrangement. The listener will embrace the combined efforts of all on such cuts as “Watch What Happens” and “A House Is Not A Home.”

“Close To You” has all the warmth and heart of newborn romance. The vocals spill out with emotion as Ms Willison detonates her talents of range and in some cases, composing, to capture the moment the piece warrants. Young but only in years she encompasses an old world jazz appeal, that makes her offerings all that much more sought.

Capture a moment as you seize this well sculpted effort in your collection, allowing the sounds to run free as you spin this untarnished gem of jazz".

 

01/10/0004 Alyn Shipton BBC Radio 2

"A singer I have really taken to" Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio 2

of the album "Close to You"

"they breathe together, they think together, the empathy between them is really good"

 

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