Orsino’s Songs

COMPOSERS: Clare Teal
LABELS: Candid
PERFORMER: CLARE TEAL
CATALOGUE NO: CCD 79783

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Both her detractors and her supporters will claim that Grammy-winning vocalist/pianist Diana Krall has reopened quite a few doors for jazz singers. It may or may not be a coincidence that there has been a spate of jazz-imbued vocal albums of late, but itcertainly a good time to be exploring vocal jazz, particularly if you share the scene’s rediscovered passion for standards.

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Several of the current wave of jazz vocalists are British, my favourite being the Yorkshire-born CLARE TEAL, whose excellent Orsino’s Songs features both standards and co-written originals. Teal’s deep, rich yet surprisingly agile and expressive voice renders the material with a genuine and heartfelt jazz sensibility.