Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sara Mitra - April Song (2010)

Singer/songwriter Sara Mitra has attracted a compelling amount of critical praise for her début album “April Song”. Her own highly personalised songs sit alongside a couple of jazz and pop standards plus a version of the Irish traditional tune “Black Is The Colour”.

In addition to Mitra’s assured and emotive singing and intelligent, literate writing the success of the record also owes much to the contribution of a stellar cast of young British jazz musicians. Mitra’s husband Tim Giles is on drums with the core group also featuring Giles’ Fraud band mates James Allsopp (reeds) and Philip Hochstrate (keyboards) plus Riaan Vosloo on bass and Fulvio Sigurta on trumpet and flugel horn. There are also contributions from organist Ross Stanley and cellist Lucy Railton (of Kammer Klang fame). The core group are heavily involved in the arranging process and as a result this is a genuine jazz album with much to enjoy instrumentally as well as vocally.

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