Far away Places review
Mon, 24/08/2015 - 9:25pm
Bruce Crowther (UK) in 'Jazz Mostly' writes:
Janet’s new release, Far Away Places, on Antipodes Records (AR 101) has two, no make that three things in common with previous albums: a delightful selection of songs, exceptional interpretations by the singer, and superb accompaniment by her musical companions, David Seidel, playing double bass, and Chuck Morgan, playing various guitars and several ukuleles. Also added on some tracks are drummer Hamish Stuart and percussionist Fabian Hevia, while guest instrumentalists are Bob Henderson, trumpet, Paul Furniss, clarinet, Ben Jones, tenor saxophone, and Mitchell Morgan, soprano ukulele, while Janet plays piano on three tracks. The songs heard here include La Paloma, Too Darn Hot, Take The ‛A’ Train, Sand In My Shoes, Autumn In New York, Midnight Sun and Far Away Places. As is obvious, most of these songs are familiar but there are a few less well known to jazz audiences, including Haruhiko Haida’s Suzukake No Michi, with lyrics by Janet, and Paul McCartney’s Golden Slumbers. The songs evoke New York, the Hawaiian Islands as well as islands in the Caribbean and their lyrics are ably sung in Spanish and French as well as English. This is a very attractive set and it is one that this singer’s fans will want to have. Those reading this who love classic popular song but have yet to hear the exceptionally talented Janet and David Seidel and Chuck Morgan, should make every effort to buy this album. You won’t regret it.