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Alien Left Hand [CD]

Janette Mason Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. 4 Wheel DriveJanette Mason 7:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Blues Walked OutJanette Mason 5:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet DreamsJanette Mason 8:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mae's SongJanette Mason 6:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. DominatrixJanette Mason 6:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. NY Cab RideJanette Mason 7:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Some Other TimeJanette Mason 6:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Alilen Left Hand SyndromeJanette Mason 5:100.89  Buy MP3 

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Janette Mason, successes include TV and film scores for the award-winning Ruby Blue, Sex and the City, and the forthcoming film The Calling starring Brenda Blethyn, Alien Left Hand is the dynamic follow up to that highly acclaimed debut solo. So, it is with little wonder that it packs a mighty punch and puts Mason up there with the best of them. Her solo projects give her free reign to do what she likes, with no holds barred - and this is no exception. Tracks: 4 Wheel Drive / The Bkues Walked Out / Sweet Dreams / Mae’s Song / Dominatrix / NY Cab Ride / Some Other Time / Alien Left Hand Syndrome

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Alien Left Hand is a graceful and often surprising piano-based work that will further enhance the reputation of Janette Mason. Mason is one of UK jazz's well-kept secrets: a pianist, arranger and composer, she has worked as a musical director for artists as diverse as Oasis and Robert Wyatt.

Alien Left Hand - named after a neurological disorder where one hand has a mind of its own - is her second album, the follow-up to 2005's Din And Tonic. Working with Dudley Philips on bass, Josh Gunta on drums, Julian Siegel on sax, Tom Arthurs on trumpet and Lea DeLaria on vocals, it is a confident and assured work.

Mason's arrangement skills are exemplary. Nothing here is over-egged, and all solos economically underline the players' talents. Highlights include the church-like horn swells of the title track and the piano and double-bass led version of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), which builds on the tune's pentatonic melody.

NY Cab Ride, inspired by a taxi journey through the titular city on Christmas day, showcases the band's zest, completed by DeLaria's vocal extemporisation. There is also sadness present, such on the minimal piano-led tribute Mae's Song (for Mason's mother, who died in 2003) and the cover of Leonard Bernstein's Some Other Time.

What strikes you most is Alien Left Hand's pacing, for, even in its quietest moments, it seldom drags. For something new, punchy and accessible with an appropriate measure of funk, blues and jazz, this is worth seeking out. --Daryl Easlea

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