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Delicious Chemistry [CD]

Juliet Kelly Audio CD
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Sophisticated but never complicated... Intelligent but never intellectual... Juliet’s sound perfectly encapsulates the glamour of the jazz divas of a bygone age - with a modern, sassy twist. Her music has been described as a cross between India.Arie and Peggy Lee with a hint of Amy Winehouse. Juliet calls it sophisticated music for stylish people - Glam Jazz!

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  • Audio CD (20 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chantiko
  • ASIN: B000BD9NS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Secret (Feat. Byron Wallen)
2. Delicious Chemistry
3. I Wish You Love
4. Unicorn Dream
5. Alone Again (Feat. Roger Beaujolais)
6. Behind Her Smile
7. Parallel Universe (Feat. Kate Williams)
8. Searching For Clues
9. Letting You Go
10. Guardian Angel (Feat. Omar Puente)
11. Black Rose (A Tribute to Nina Simone) (Feat. Courtney Pine)

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This is jazz singer Juliet Kelly's new album, which features a stunning collection of her laid back accessible songs, featuring guest appearances by Courtney Pine, Byron Wallen, Omar Puente, Kate Williams and Roger Beaujolais.

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Second albums can be a disappointment. Too often an artist's best ideas evaporate after their first record, but that's not the case here. Londoner Juliet Kelly's second album proves that she's on an upward curve as a singer/songwriter. Like most long-loved albums Delicious Chemistry demands repeated listening before you're hooked, but then you'll want to play it to everyone you know.

Juliet doesn't regard her self-penned songs as 'dark', she says they're 'uplifting melancholy'. This is one positive woman! She sends ex-lovers packing without blame in "I Wish You Love" and "Letting You Go", but sets her to-the-point lyrics against ominous melodies. Seb Rochford and Tom Barlow, highly respected London-scene jazzers and the mainstay of her first album, are back again to weave their haunting fabric of bass and drums. Dense, complex vocal harmonies ooze through "Letting You Go", Seb's drums dancing around the bass as it hits you right in the groin chakra.

While the rhythm section remains the same, eminent guests make Delicious Chemistry a varied and satisfying listen. Byron Wallen plays a haunting trumpet solo on the smooth-funk "Secret", and Omar Puente - the brilliant Cuban violinist - lights up "Guardian Angel" with a melancholy and persistence that sustains Juliet's mantra 'keep believing in yourself'. On "Alone Again" Roger Beaujolais gets spooky on the vibes, while Juliet's yearning molasses voice and the strikingly simpleinstrumentation invite comparisons with Cassandra Wilson.

Most of Juliet's songs come to her fully formed in dreams. "Unicorn Dream" is one of these and has the airy feel of a Scandinavian piece. Tick-tock drums, Carl Orr's exceptionally light touch on guitar and Juliet's controlled and beautiful vocals are a hypnotic combination. In contrast, "Parallel Universe" is a catchy song with the hallmarks of a foot-tapping standard. It was inspired by Sliding Doors, a film about a life extrapolated in 2 directions, and Juliet draws the words and rhythm out like chewing gum. Result - a perfect amalgam of vivid image and mournful Latin soundtrack.

In Delicious Chemistry the elements of restrained instrumentation, intelligent arrangement and superbly controlled vocals come together into a powerful compound. File under 'self-development soul/jazz' and give a copy to a friend in need. --Kathryn Shackleton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Delicious 3 Feb 2006
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Amid the plethora of new “Jazz” singers there seems to me to be a shortage of really good singer/songwriters. Along with a truly unforgettable voice, Juliet Kelly bears the hallmark of the greats, a deceptive facility with words that leaves you thinking, “How else could one have said that?” and “Why didn’t I think of it?” Ably supported by an absolutely first rate band who draw freely from a rich and varied palette of tone colours, she treads with confidence and precision the elusive borderline between the smooth and comfortable and the edgy and stimulating and finds a satisfying equilibrium. This album will never send you to sleep but it will surely make you dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing talent.. Buy this CD!!! 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was recommended to buy this CD by a friend & am so glad I did as this singer will definitely go far with her career! She's an amazing songwriter & her voice is so velvetly & smooth. You don't have to be a hardcore jazz fan to enjoy this CD as it's quite contemporary & very easy listening. I'll be buying a few more copies to fill several Christmas stockings this year! Where are you playing live next.. is what I want to know!! :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Bomb! 16 Nov 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I was out and about in the West End looking for some live entertainment so popped into Pizza Express in Soho. And what a jewel in the UK Jazz crown I found. There was this beautiful singer on stage - her name was Juliet Kelly. She sang her personally penned tunes and some covers. She was great! Anyway, decided to get her new cd Delicious Chemistry and that is exactly what is was smooth and velvety - the lyrics are cool too.
btw - Secret is my favourite. Makes me realise that London has so much unknown talent. I feel good about myself supporting her.
Get one! You won't be disappointed.
Peace out
DJSly
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