Gill Ward - Jazz Diva 2002 finalist - read Gill's
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OF MIND" Gill Ward
Gill Ward is certainly adventurous in her approach to making albums. Her
latest CD, cleverly titled, 'Piece of Mind', flows along, yet has a cynical
edge. Collaborations with composer Simon Balkham, with whom Gill has worked
previously, include the tango inspired, 'Poisoned Kiss'. And she slots in
a couple of self-penned items. One of these, called, 'Life's A Bitch', is
a madrigal type acapella number. Our own Brian Shaw is another featured
songwriter. On his quirky offering, 'Tomato Ketchup' Gill has (if you'll
forgive the pun) the bottle to squeeze every ounce out of the innuendos in
Brian's song. Recorded in the UK and the USA, this CD benefits from the skilled
touch of award winning producer, Dave Cooke. The fabulous line-up of musicians
- among them, James Pearson, Alec Dankworth, Jim Mullen and Digby Fairweather
- are perfectly in sync. with what the material requires. And track 6, 'Just
Doodling', has a fun ending, which musicians will definitely appreciate.
What we have here in essence, is a tasteful, expert and sophisticated album,
which also has that spark of originality. What next, I wonder? I remember
hearing Gill sing 'In My Life', once at Tatty's. I found her reading of that
particular song incredibly moving, because she brought understanding, warmth
and heart to the lyric. More of the same, please!
Jill Goldman is a show business journalist and music reviewer, who has written
for publications such as THE STAGE, ENCORE, THE SINGER and HMV CHOICE
Wards new album "Piece Of Mind" combines her own unique songwriting
style with an eclectic mix of compositions by her award-winning collaborator,
Simon Balkham. Recorded on both sides of the Atlantic with some outstanding
jazz players and guest soloists.
GILL WARD PRESENTS
Gill Ward - vocals
Ross Lawson - saxophones
James Pearson/Dave Cooke - piano
Alec Dankworth - bass
Sebastian de Krom - drums
Digby Fairweather - trumpet
Jim Mullen - guitar
and in the USA...
Matthew Criscoulo - saxophone
Joe McWilliams - piano
Phil Bowler - bass
Artt Frank - drums
Borrowed Time, Life's A Bitch, Quicksand, Miss Harper
Goes Bizarre, Poisoned Kiss (USA), Just Doodling, Dream Of A Man, Tomato
Ketchup, Poisoned Kiss (UK), Fairytale Romance.
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