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Introducing Laura Collins

BALTIMORE ORIOLE

Spotlite Jazz


Dick Pearce - trumpet and flugelhorn

Sam Dunn - guitar

Barry Green - piano

Jeremy Brown - bass

Matt Skelton - drums


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'Liturgical music's loss has undoubtedly been jazz's gain. Aided by a superb band - Barry Green's solo in 'The Night We Called It A Day' is pure joy - the singer stamps her own imprimatur on an engagingly wide-ranging collection. Subtle individual touches include the hits which break up the phrasing of 'On the Street Where you Live', the lovely coda to a waltz-time 'How Deep is the Ocean?' and the wide-open spaces of 'Wichita Lineman' [recently covered by Barb Jungr], where the singer's introduction of a deep, full-toned 'cello contrasts sublimely with her floating, gossamer-like vocal. Textures and tempos are judiciously varied, from the breakneck full band romp through 'But not for me' to the stately bass/voice treatment of 'Go away, little boy'. A fine debut.'

Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

 


'Over the past few years, we have witnessed the lauch of many a young British jazz singer with high hopes of establishing herself with a wider audience. It would be unkind to name them, but with the advent of this debut album, I do get the feeling that we have been here before. However, there is good reason to hope and believe that this time it will be different.

For a start, she has a voice that is strong and clear, with precise enunciation, impeccable timing and no hint of the melisma driven excesses so prevelant  nowadays...Her choice of songs is pretty smart too...this is a stunning debut by a refreshing new talent..'

Gerry Stonestreet, In Tune International

 

 

'Ms Collins sings with confidence and composure..quite intense and lyrical...Overall, a well balanced and well crafted vocal debut and a good selection of fascinating material along with the solid standards. All with first rate instrumental backing.'

Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal

 

 

'Baltimore Oriole deserves to take her to another level and to bring her a national reputation. This collection of well chosen, often challenging material demonstrates both her singing and arranging skills and playing by an all star band is excellent throughout. '

Ian Mann www.thejazzmann.com **** 4 stars

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