Lisa Richards blends folk with jazz to form new album ‘A Light From The Other Side’

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A Light From The Other Side is the new album from Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards, who has developed her very own brand of jazz infused folk, with a few hints of blues and roots music too.

Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, was difficult for Lisa; her Mother who was formerly a concert pianist, had moved there for her Father and thus Lisa’s childhood became a turbulent time. Alcohol and substance abuse were issues from a young age, but Lisa eventually fled her troubles to the city where she would pursue a career in music.

Check out ‘Frank Sinatra’ from the album here:

Lisa’s travels and experiences have woven a rich tapestry of musical styles into her own work, resulting in the artist she is today. As a result, her eclectic, yet endearing sound has seen her compared with the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and even Ella Fitzgerald.

Despite this, Lisa has been gifted with a voice like no one else’s that will immediately stop you in your tracks the first time you hear it; it’s truly like nothing else.

A Light From The Other Side is out now and was produced with the help of renowned singer-songwriter/producer, Greg J. Walker.

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

M’GOO release single influenced by unique true story

Blending genres to explore a range of moods, jazz trained group M’GOO release concept track ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘. The track follows the story of a couple that are due to be wed but after visiting a fortune teller and being surprised by the outcome, their relationship is destroyed.

Like all of M’GOO’s music, ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ is influenced by a true story. The narrative was created by Glen Washington from Snap Judgement and composer and vocalist Mike Meiguh used this story to begin his writing process.

M’GOO’s writing process is entirely unique, creating their alternative tunes. Meiguh uses the inspirational story, poem or philosophical material to help him score the music, leaving him with just a basic structure. Then the rest of the band collaborate to re-form the song from a fresh perspective, bringing in elements of jazz, pop and rock. This forms a sound like no other, giving the music that extra edge.

Listen to ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ here:

Review: ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’

A group of famous and talented have come together to create the ultimate Burt Bacharach tribute album. Featuring 13 Burt Bacharach hits, ‘We All Love Bacharach’ is a blend of jazz, swing and funk to form a refined, elegant compilation.

The album has been produced by Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti for PLAY (Milan) and Oracle Records ltd (London).  The producers took inspiration from acts such as Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, which has formed the smooth jazz sound but with strong clever hints of pop, funk and folk. Within the 13 tracks are 5 instrumentals that depict the several nuances and moods of the classic Bacharach sound.

The variety present in ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ makes it an album for all occasions; easy listening on a Sunday afternoon, relaxing on the commute home or even at a dinner party (guests are sure to recognise Burt’s classic tracks and the instrumentals provide the perfect elegant soundtrack to your evening).

Die-hard Bacharach fans will not be disappointed with the quality of the recordings nor the repute of the artists on the record. Featuring the likes of Massimo Colombo, Peter Erskine (ex-drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and Kathleen Grace (West coast folk singer).

Highlights include the new upbeat version of ‘Walk On By’ which has a real head-nodding groove to it, and also the smooth-jazz influenced instrumental of ‘Close To You’ (made famous by The Carpenters).

Overall, the album is essential listening for Bacharach fans helping you to rediscover why you fell in love with his music in the first place, whereas those unfamiliar with the great songwriter may just be surprised as to how many of his songs you actually know anyway.

Find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/weallloveburtbacharach/

 

‘Blueberry Hill’- Lenny

Lenny Bunn, otherwise known as ‘Lenny’ is back with an expertly crafted cover of ‘Blueberry Hill’.

‘Blueberry Hill’ was the favourite song of Lenny’s adopted father, Lyddon Thompson. Being Jamaican, Thompson opened Lenny’s eyes to another way of life and thinking, inspiring his music journey

The loss of Thompson made Lenny want to create his own version of the classic track whereby each instrument is recorded in different studios around the world. Collated at Lenny’s studio, mixed with the help of Martin Smith and mastered by Jon Astley, the single according to Lenny is “more beautiful than ever imagined”.

The track features talented soul-singer, Melissa James, as well as Ibo from the Jamaican reggae band, Third World.

Find out more on Lenny here:

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http://www.lennybunn.uk

Jazz artist Daisy Hicks returns with seasonal single ‘Christmas Without You’

Daisy Hicks returns with a jazz inspired pop seasonal single ‘Christmas Without You’, which will soon be followed by ‘French Cafe’ in early 2017. The new material has elements of jazz and pop with Hicks’ crystal clear vocals soaring above the music.

Being the daughter of legendary jazz drummer Tony Hicks and related to the international recording artist Chris Rea, it’s no surprise Hicks followed a musical path. After being classically trained and taking a jazzy style, Hicks decided to deviated from her musical roots and by the age of 19 was signed by Concept Music, whereby she released her debut album ‘Mistress’.

Hicks has also collaborated with major names such as Aron Friedman, Jeff Franzel and Malcom Maddock. However she didn’t stop there and has now had her track ‘So Much More Than Love’ featured on US hit TV series Pretty Little Liars.

Daisy’s latest work takes a more laid back jazzy style and has been carefully crafted to give Hicks her own unique sound. The seasonal single is not only an infectious track but 10% of digital sales will be donated to BBC’s Children In Need.

New single ‘A Place Far Away’ from Goldsands

Effortlessly blending elements of pop, rock and jazz, fresh indie five-piece Goldsands come through with an excitingly unique and authentic sound.

 

Their latest single ‘A Place Far Away’ tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. Sonically it perfectly captures the size and scale of the movie’s cityscapes, whilst also encapsulating the mood of the relationship between the two characters.

 

Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

 

Stream the single ‘A Place Far Away’:

 

Goldsands’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60’s, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook

 

Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy.

Mercury- new album and UK tour

 

“A whirling sound that sits somewhere in the space between Jazz and Popular music”

–  Steve Mead, Director of Manchester Jazz Festival

“Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination”

– Gwilym Simcock

 

Acclaimed contemporary jazz act, Mercury, gear up for the release of their new album Sea Speak along with an exciting tour across the North of England.

 

Watch album teaser for Sea Speak here on Youtube:

 

Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.

 

Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychadelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.

 

Listeners wanting a taster of the band’s upcoming album can listener to this demo version of title track ‘Sea Spark’, a progressive and smoky piece that builds and ebbs like the ocean itself.

 

Stream demo of title track ‘Sea Speak’ here:

 

On top of their new album, Mercury have a tour planned that will take them to venues such as Capstone Theatre in Liverpool and Band on the Wall in Manchester. A second half of the tour will also be taking place early next year.

 

Tour Dates:

 

9/9 – Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham

17/9 – Zeffirelis, Ambleside

4/10 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

26/10 – The Fringe, Bristol (CANCELLED)

25/11 – The Jazz Cafe, Newcastle

30/11 – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

 

Links:

https://twitter.com/MercuryMancs

https://www.facebook.com/mercurymanchester

http://www.mercurymanchester.co.uk/