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
Everyone is looking for those elusive new songs to make sense for jazz,
and Alyson has done it with imagination and skill'.
Ward - Presenter of Dinner Jazz - Jazz FM
is a truly accomplished singer with a repertoire rich in character.
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".