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11/05/2014 Dave Gelly, The Observer

The Observer
Dave Gelly
11th May 2014

No Evil ****
four star review - Sue McCreeth's first all-standards album is an intimate affair
Until now, she has mainly recorded her own songs, but one couldn't help noticing that, whenever Sue McCreeth chose something else, it would be Herbie Hancock or maybe Wayne Shorter. In other words, she doesn't go for the easy option.
This is her first all-standards album, and in impeccable company, too - guitarist Jim Mullen, trumpeter Steve Waterman and bassist Andrew Cleyndert. It's not singer plus accompaniment so much as four musicians working together, and the result is a dozen intimate and nicely judged performances. The subdued volume brings out the best in McCreeth's voice, especially her whispery low register.

 

01/04/2014 Jazz UK

Album number five from Sue McCreeth is something of a departure for the singer, as she approaches the standards that make up the bulk of the disc's tracks in a rather more straight-ahead fashion than she has done on previous recordings. Sue shows herself to be a skilful and faithful interpreter of the repertoire, and 'No Evil' is a very pleasant and well-executed recording that features some lovely solos, particularly from guitarist Jim Mullen on a sweet rendition of 'God Bless the Child'. The minimal line-up of Mullen, Steve Waterman on trumpet and Andrew Cleyndert on double bass lends itself to the gentle pacing and ambience at play here. A fine album by any standards.

 

01/04/2014 Jazzwise

A more mainstream jazz session but nevertheless another high quality recording from this ultra-flexible, well-regarded vocalist, singing from the Great American and modern jazz songbook with a quartet including Jim Mullen.

 

01/03/2014 Alan Musson, Jazz Kaleidoscope

For this, her third jazz recording, Sue takes the bold step of enlisting the support of just two core musicans, guitarist Jim Mullen and bassist Andrew Cleyndert, with Steve Waterman on trumpet and flugelhorn. Most of the songs are first or second takes. There is a clear vulnerability in her timbre, wistful on 'Come Rain or Come Shine' and 'The Man I Love', she turns up the passion, becoming almost anguished in her delivery on 'God Bless the Child' and 'Stormy Weather'. Steve Waterman adds just the right mellow soulfulness to 'Without a Song'. and a nicely measured solo on 'Weaver of Dreams' and a lovely flugelhorn solo on 'Very Early'. The overarching feeling is quality late night jazz vocals with Jim Mullen providing relaxed yet bluesy accompaniment thoughout. An album to treasure and to share with friends.

 

10/10/2012 Jazz UK

'A fine collection of original trip-hop/jazz fusion performed with incredible high energy and featuring the vocals of jazz songstress Sue McCreeth'. JAZZ UK, October 2012

 

08/10/2012 Jazz Kaleidescope (Alan Musson)

'A wonderful cd, Infinite Sunday is the brainchild of Sue McCreeth with Ian Salmon and Mike Varty …. Sit back and enjoy this, its something rather different featuring the lovely vocals of Sue McCreeth an absolute gem'

 

01/03/2005 Dave Gelly, The Observer.

The charm of her style lies in the clear, modest simplicity with which she brings off quite daunting musical feats. Her own songs, especially 'The Dancer' and 'Black Swan', add an element of ethereal calm...a charming and exquisitely perfomed set.

 

01/01/2002 John Fordham, The Guardian

A gently unconventional performer... an excellent trio... falsettos and deep purrs, payoffs on barely audible murmers... a rich mid-register... she has imagination and heart, and is certainly keeping the right company.

 

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