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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2008
I was lucky enough to hear a review copy of this album, which is the best yet from Clare Teal. She has returned to her jazz roots but has grown since her encounter with more mainstream pop, with an even richer voice and interpretations. Here, her versions of the classics - Cheek to Cheek, Begin the Beguine, Time after Time, the seldom-heard Love for Sale and the title song etc. - bring something fresh each time so that they become unmistakably hers, whilst not being twiddled with unnecessarily! The covers of the "newer" classics - Moondance, Breaking up etc - again are interpreted so that they become new again and the three new songs (All for love, released as a single, Get on It Sam and High Love) are surely destined to become classics and covered in their own right.

It's a beautifully balanced album in every way and the backing trio and vocalists (her "Exceedingly Good Musicians"!) both support her and add their own individual and joint contributions to make a very satisfying whole.

This is an album which can only burnish Clare's reputation even more - I can't recommend it too highly!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2008
Well all I can say is well done Clare!

Echoing what Sue has said, we were lucky enough to have a pre-release copy to listen to and absolutely adore it.

A return to Clare's better known domain of classic Jazz standards and some cool beyond belief covers of more recent tracks plus the added bonus of three Teal-classics - this is the album we've been waiting for.

The intepretation of the standards old and new re-invent the tracks, and you hear the lyric again for the first time. Not many people can do this, fortunatly Clare can!

It's great to hear an album that is a more realistic representation of Clare's superb live performances.

If you want cheering up this grey dour February - buy it - actually buy it anyway - it's sunny where you are!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2008
Forget all your fancy, spa pamper sessions, this is the only therapy you'll need!

This is another fabulous album from the Jazz sensation Clare Teal. 'Get Happy' brings Clare back to her jazz roots with standards she makes her own by adding flair with her own ingenious style and three new songs that showcase Clare's talent as a singer/songwriter to it's max.

Clare's vocals are very much out in front, brilliantly utilising the pure, velvety smooth tones creating intimacy and warmth. Her amazing band add supremity to this CD with the equally masterful Jim Watson on piano, stupendous Chris Dagley on drums, fantastic Simon Little on bass and the wonderful backing from the Symphomanics, Adie Chivers and Colin Ball.

If you like beautifully created, good music that will put a smile on your face, a spring in your step and a tenderness in your heart then this is for you.

Get happy - no you'll be ecstatic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2008
I don't really need to add much to what has already been said about this album, except that it is fantastic, buy it, sit back and enjoy!

From the moment, the first few bars of 'All For Love' starts, you will hear Clare Teal, her band and jazz itself at its absolute best.

What I love about Clare Teal, apart from her amazing talent, is that she is obviously enjoying singing - to me, you can actually hear her smiling.

So, my advice, buy this album, buy all of her albums and get yourself to one of her concerts - you will be blown away!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2008
This album shows Claires fantastic Jazz abilities with her sensitive and sexy voice together with her brilliant song writing skills.
Muddy and Claire make a fantastic double act ...long may it last.
This album is a must for all Claire fans and all lovers of female jazz. It explains why she is the NO 1 in female Jazz.
Go and see her live..its just as great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2008
Brilliant - Clare at her "jazzy" best ...

From the 'sultry' 'sexy' Mistress in "All For Love" - "Begin The Beguine" & "The Very Thought Of You" & the 'cheeky-giggle' in "All For Love" ..... To the 'buckets of bubbles' of "Get Happy" & "Moondance" (IMO heaps better than Van Morrison's version) - Claire transports your mind & body into a swaying world of fabulous music & for 50 glorious minutes all your worries are casts to one side ...

THANK YOU Claire ....

ooxx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2008
I can only echo the previous reviews. Clare Teal at her best. "Moondance" and "Love Hurts" are superb. Buy it!
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on 3 April 2010
Clare Teal is a versatile artiste, although predominately a jazz singer she is also comfortable with other genres, such as swing, beebop and easy listening. On Get Happy she has taken a number of classic songs, by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Van Morrison and others, and along with several of her own compositions (in partnership with Amanda Field), has created a classic album. Get Happy was the first time I had heard anything of or by Clare Teal and, since then Clare has become a firm personal favourite. I have now purchased all of Clare's previous albums, but Get Happy remains high on my listening list. Wonderful!
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on 4 February 2014
once again great choice of music the range is across the board, music lovers CD happy to play this anytime
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on 21 September 2009
Loved the CD, saw her perform at the Bansko(Bulgaria) Jazz Festival in August this year.
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