6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2005
Jacqui really is an incredibly gifted singer. This album is her marker for the jazz world that she can sing at the highest level in this genre. It is a pitch at the festival goers, the fans of Cassandra Wilson, Norma Whinstone and the like. It establishes her in the realm of Julian Joseph, Martin Taylor, Courtney Pine and the top performers in our modern jazz idiom. It also establishes her strength and depth by using 3 piano players such as Divid Gordon, Malcolm Edmonstone and James Pearson; illustrating that she has an independance from her great ally Mike Outram. This won't break any records for sales in the overstretched 'soft-porn' jazz vocal market currently being flogged to death on television and radio, but it sets up the artist as an inspirational multifaceted performer, who in turn if she so chooses to go back to the commercial genre, will have a foot in the jazz camp that leans to the standard 'form is temporary, class is permanent!'
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2005
Jacqui Dankworth steps up to the jazz plate with this album and announces herself as a vocalist whose standard matches the parity of esteemed musicians such as Julian Joseph, Martin Taylor, Courtney Pine and the like. Her magnificent range and power are suitable softened by her musical approach which wraps her music in theambience of good soulful singing. Her artistry demonstrates an ability in this genre which much outweighs her contemporaries who stride along the'soft-porn' easy listening road that is being forced upon us on our TVs and radio sets. This artist has style and will be around for a long long time. There is inded much truth in the old adage, 'Form is temporary, class is permanent.
Jacqui Dankworth follows her family traditions on her album "Detour Ahead." As the daughter of British orchestra leader John Dankworth, and his wife, multi-octave songbird Dame Cleo Laine, she keeps the music-making in the family, as her Mum and Dad did; and she keeps it swinging. She surrounds herself with some excellent players--Mike Outram on acoustic and electric guitars, Alec Dankworth on bass. She picks excellent material. "Detour Ahead,"from the Sarah Vaughan songbook; "On the Street Where You Live," by Lerner and Loewe; "My Romance" by Rogers and Hart,"Can't Make You Love Me," by Bonnie Raitt. "Train in the Distance," by Paul Simon; "Not Like This," from the Al Jarreau repertory. Dankworth herself wrote "Time Takes Its Time," and "Strange Woman."
She evidently inherited good musical taste; also a voice reminiscent of Mum's. Full, powerful, with a wide range, though perhaps not quite as wide as Laine's. Bell-clear enunciation; a jazzy beat, and my, how this family swings.