struck me first listening to Alyson's debut CD is how much she has matured
as an artist in the few years I have known her. Her very natural musicianship
shines through in this collection of twelve carefully chosen songs.
As well as standards from the Great American Songbook, she has also
picked some lesser known songs like "Where I Belong"
with lyrics by Kurt Elling and reworked a very 'now' pop ballad by Maroon
5 entitled "Secret" with great results.
Alyson loves to tell a story - you can hear that she is 'inside' the
lyric and loving the songs. Her choice of musicians is spot on and totally
right to compliment her. The world-class Jim Mullen shines on
all his featured tracks, especially on the standard "Comes Love".
Arrangements by Mark Edwards are fresh and exciting and his playing
superlative on every track. Ben Castle's smoky tenor adds a great dimension
especially on the title track 'Secret' and he really burns on
"What is this thing called love".
All the songs have been given polished production, always supporting
Alyson's vocal style.
Her singing is from the heart, delicate, real, and passionate. A really
(Claire Martin has repeatedly been voted Best Jazz singer at the British
Jazz Awards and presents BBC Radio 3's "Jazz Line Up".)
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