Reviews of the CD "Secret"

This may be Alyson Green's debut recording but she brings to it a wealth of performing experience and musical savvy. Before taking time out to raise a family, the singer had established a career in London performing and touring with the Herb Miller Big Band. Now based in Brighton and back performing once again, Green is a sweet-toned storyteller whose completely unaffected style fuses an innate feel for the musical phrase with an understated delivery that quietly demands the listener's attention. There are some truly great moments on Secret - check out the exquisite clarity of line that the singer brings to Horace Silver's 'Love Vibrations', and the Mullen/Green duet at the top of 'My One and Only Love' (the guitarist's stunning solo raising the emotional bar several notches), the hymnic simplicity of Maroon 5's 'Secret', plus the hushed intimacy of pianist and producer Mark Edwards' introduction to the Bacharach/David classic 'A House Is Not A Home'

Peter Quinn - Jazzwise June 2005

' I really love this CD. The title track "Secret" is a stunning version, I think it's brilliant of Alyson to choose a contemporary song to cover that adapts so well to a jazz feel … well done … Everyone is looking for those elusive new songs to make sense for jazz, and Alyson has done it with imagination and skill'.

Sarah Ward - Presenter of Dinner Jazz - Jazz FM

"Alyson is a truly accomplished singer with a repertoire rich in character.
It's not often a singer covers a Kurt Elling number and it's also a while since I've heard such a lively version of 'Show me'.
The arrangements are distinctive too. They are not just going through the motions as happens on all too many albums."

Clive Davies jazz critic of the Times/Sunday Times

"Alyson's 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 impressive debut!!"

Claire Martin
(Claire Martin has repeatedly been voted Best Jazz singer at the British Jazz Awards and presents BBC Radio 3's "Jazz Line Up".)