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Gill Manly - With A Song In My Heart

17 August 2009
Music | Jazz

Gill Manly - With A Song In My Heart

Artist: Gill Manly
Title Of Album: With A Song In My Heart
Year Of Release: January 24, 2009
Label: Linn Records
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Quality: MP3 / Joint Stereo
Bitrate: VBR 171kbit/s / 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 57:21 min
Total Size: 70.52 MB

Gill who? Until a decade or so ago, Gill Manly was a familiar face, a versatile singer who - like her friends Barb Jungr and Ian Shaw - could skip between blues, jazz and pop and who had built an impressive reputation as a teacher and all-round ideas machine. Serious illness then interrupted her career, and her devotion to Buddhism carried her off on a different path all together. Now she is back with an album that is easily one of the best vocal efforts of the past 12 months. 'With a Song in my Heart' is a desperately old-hat title, to be honest, and the bland cover photograph of the artist, microphone in hand, is not likely to stop many punters in their tracks. It is only when you delve deeper that you truly sense the level of sophistication. It is, perhaps, the sort of record that can only have been made by someone who has done her share of living. 'Lush Life' is the ultimate test, and Manly passes it in style. Her Soho date was a slightly more easy-going affair, the singer - who now walks with a cane - remaining seated for the most part as her band, directed by that understated pianist Simon Wallace, blew an unpretentious path through songs from the album. Guy Barker stepped up to add peppery trumpet obbligatos. It was not all torch songs. Manly let rip on 'I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues' and swung gently on 'Sittin' and a Rockin', the drummer Ralph Salmins and bassist Mark Hodgson setting up a nonchalant pulse. If the choice of material was conceived as a homage to Ella Fitzgerald, the finished product bears the stamp of Manly's own personality. Her performance, particularly on 'Midnight Sun' and 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most', had an intensity that made the work of many of her younger rivals seem callow by comparison. --The Times

Product Description
Gill Manly is a jazz singer who has been described as an 'amalgam of Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan'. Her debut album on Linn Records 'With a Song in My Heart' features performances by trumpeter Guy Barker and singer Mark Murphy. A stalwart of London's live music scene for many years, Gill Manly has returned to the recording studio due to popular demand from champions such as Mark Murphy. 'With a Song in My Heart' reflects a period of maturation and reflection. It is a gentle and flawless selection of jazz standards enhanced by the virtuoso playing of Guy Barker on trumpet. 'With a Song in My Heart' sees Manly reclaim her place amongst the current jazz vocalists who have long cited her as an inspiration and a unique interpreter of the jazz singers vast cannon. Gill Manly has worked with the cream of UK jazz including Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr, Clark Tracey and Robin Aspland, Alec Dankworth and Dave O Higgins. Gill was nominated for Best Jazz Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards in 1995. Gill is a regular performer at key jazz venues around London (she was recently invited to honour Dudley Moore at Ronnie Scott's) and will launch her new album at Pizza Express Jazz Club on 17th February 2009. A jewel in the crown of British Jazz for many years, but unrecorded since 1994, 'With a Song in My Heart' see Gill Manly make a welcome and decisive return to the studio.

1 Midnight Sun 3:41
2 Robbin's Nest 3:08
3 With A Song In My Heart 6:04
4 A Night In Tunisia 3:51
5 Daydream 4:29
6 Taxi Driver - Love For Sale 7:24
7 Take Love Easy 3:55
8 September Song 5:57
9 SittinÆ and a RockinÆ 3:00
10 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 5:02
11 Where Or When 3:18
12 Lush Life 3:22
13 I Keep Going Back To Joe's 4:10

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