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15/01/2007 Jim Santella

A duo recording can allow you to absorb every nuance of the performance. Singer Deborah Winter and pianist Joanne Lander interpret a program of fourteen original songs on this 35-minute recording, offering a highly personal visit. As the session’s mood shifts from cool to melancholy and on to laid-back and casual, you can feel the emotion. They bring a wholesome spirit to each piece and cover the session with a “velvet mantle.”


Winter, who is reassuring through her lullaby textures, coats each selection with warm fuzzies. She cites Patricia Barber and Andy Bey as inspirational sources, and from that background, you can feel deep feelings and communication driving her performance.


Lander turns up the heat on this session. She comps persuasively behind Winter’s lovely themes with a cohesive pull, and then launches forceful piano attacks in selected spots for emphasis. Together, they shift each mood gently from scene to scene. Winter interprets lyrics with a casual air and delivers wordless vocals with a thrill. Much of the program refers to a Celtic music tradition that spans centuries.

Thus, the duo holds fast to a timeless landscape. Shifting Sands delivers from the heart on Velvet Mantle with a performance that applies to folk of all generations and all backgrounds: it's universal.

 

27/12/2006 Tim Richards

Piano and vocal duets are one of the hardest things to pull off and Shifting Sands have managed to produce a consistently interesting body of work... The atmospheric vocals and solid piano playing complement each other very well. I particularly like 'Aurora's Flame', with its enigmatic bassline and moody chord sequence. I also love the piano solo on Track 6 ('Pieces')

 

05/11/2006 Dan McClenaghan

Velvet Mantle, by the British duo Shifting Sands, explores a richly atmospheric, bluesy midtempo territory of jazz sounds. Deborah Winters is the vocalist; Jo Landers sits in the piano chair. Both musicians are classically trained, and their delivery, given that training, has the high polish one would expect, while still sounding organic and spontaneous.

The duo's obvious classical training is tinted by their jazz influences. For vocalist Winter, it's Ellington, Miles Davis, Patricia Barber, Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy. The purity of tone, voice-as-an-instrument and glowing resonance suggest the Kurt Elling influence primarily—a rich, mellow tone, with full control, clarinet-like (as opposed to Elling's flugelhorn-like sound) in its fluid movement from note to note, with a remarkable range. Lander found that the calls of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and John Lewis drew her to jazz. Her style is economical and understated, sometimes quirky, and it's this study in contrasts that makes the duo's sound such a success.


The fourteen tunes are all originals, Winter/Lander-penned, and they fit together with a seamless cohesion. The second tune is entitled “Haunting Melody,” and you could call that sentiment the theme for the disc. These is hauntingly pretty music, the interplay of voice and piano joyously simpatico.


Velvet Mantle is cool-toned, pared-down music. It would be interesting to hear the duo expand to a quartet with bass and drums.

 

01/09/2006 Liam Noble

'These two really play well together and it is so rare that one hears that’

 

30/08/2006 Juliet Kelly

'beautiful sound, gorgeous vocals, wonderfully atmospheric’ -

 

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