The new album "TASTE" opens with the Jobim track "Photograph" and from the outset, her voice laid bare, intertwining with only cello and piano, she speaks directly and candidly. Lane's low toned sultry style draws the listener into her intimate readings of a lyric. As Jazz critic Dave Gelly eloquently described "I know of no-one else who sings with what I can only describe as her demure abandon. It's wholehearted but at the same time restrained, precisely phrased but not studied a fine and distinctive singer."
Although distributed by 33records/Newnote, Lane has once again opted to fully fund the project retaining ownership of her masters, licensing and publishing. The band includes stalwart Australian guitarist Dave Colton, premier UK musicians Andy Hamill on bass and Nic France percussion and Julian Ferraretto on violin. Special guests Tom Cawley on piano, Theo Travis and Nathan Haines on Tenor and Alto Flute.
Taste features luscious soundscapes of Bossa Nova/Samba standards and originals that perfectly highlight Karen's sensual evocative vocals.
REVIEWS Sholto Byrnes
The Independent on Sunday
While so many UK-based vocalists merely go through the motions with a real book and piano trio, Karen lane has surrounded herself with a lighter more flexible group for this bossa inspired album. Percussion, guitar and Andy Hamill's solid double bass supply the framework for Lane's after-dark vocals, but what really elevates the sound is the extraordinarily subtle arrangements of strings and alto flutes. Like Jobim himself, Tom Cawley knows the power of adding just a few notes at the piano, and Lane's own compositions are very strong too. Refreshingly good.
Although a relatively new arrival on the jazz singing scene in the UK, Karen Lane is a mature and experienced singer. A lithe swing and elegant phrasing marks her out as does her repertoire, which mixes standards with well known jazz songs and some attractive originals by Karen who also writes her own arrangements. In this latter task, she is aided by guitarist Dave Colton who brings an elegant supporting presence to the first of these very pleasing sets. Dave is also on hand for the second set, along with pianist Tom Cawley, bassist Andy Hamill, drummer Nic France, violinist Julian Ferraretto, as well as guest horns and a string quartet. This second CD, which is more ambitious, has Karen seeking and achieving a "sparse interaction of strings, percussion and voice where each instrument's beauty has space to breathe and resonate." Wholly admirable in concept and execution, the second CD demonstrates that this is a singer of quality and also that most intangible of elements, and one so often absent in popular music today, Taste.
Cat no: 33JAZZ109
Distributor: New Note/ Pinnacle
Release date: 10th Aug 2004
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