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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning new album by Ian Shaw, 26 Sep 2012
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Anthony N. Marshall "Neil Marshall" (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Ghost In Every Bar (Audio CD)
Putting a new album by Ian Shaw in the CD player is always a spine tingling moment. There's inevitably something new in his approach, and this time it's the immensely loving and tender nature of Ian's homage to Fran Landesman that shines through. It is beautifully conceived and performed - interestingly, on most of the tracks, it is Simon Wallace, not Ian, who is playing the piano and the combination of player and singer is sublime. I new a couple of Fran's songs before but I honestly had no idea of the range and quality of her material. I'm converted and I keep hearing myself singing extracts out loud on the tube - scary! This album from a man who deserves to be a national treasure is sheer genius - buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars IAN SHAW'S POWERFUL DEDICATION TO THE SONGS OF FRAN LANDESMAN, 7 Sep 2012
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A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Ghost In Every Bar (Audio CD)
Ian Shaw continues to be rightly lauded in jazz circles, with each new album providing its own worthwhile eclectic challenge. Released by Splash Point Records, Ian's latest collection is an intimate affair dedicated to the gifted lyricist Fran Landesman (1919-2011) who lead an extremely colourful life as well as writing memorable songs with sophisticated leanings. Whilst the best known is probably SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST (music:-Tommy Wolf), I always consider BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN (music:-Tommy Wolf) my personal favourite with its pathos previously explored by Steve Lawrence and Shirley Bassey to name but two outstanding vocalists who grasp its mood of inner loneliness and personal conflict in late-night New York bars, especially as that number is here enhanced by the haunting presence of Sue Richardson's flugelhorn. Ian's version is by far the most heartfelt of all but along the way his long association with the Landesman output has mainly centred on Fran's later collaboration with composer/pianist Simon Wallace who appropriately accompanies Ian on the majority of the album's choices. With the exception of the more upbeat FEET DO YOUR STUFF, NOTHING IS MINE NOW and IN A NEW YORK MINUTE, the wistful mood set by singer and pianist lends its own poignancy through LOVE GO ROUND,IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS and DOWN as well as previously unrecorded songs, STRANGER, KILLING TIME, NOIR, and NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. Songs such as these deal with deep personal and occasionally comedic emotional issues so take their time to inwardly digest but once in place they retain their power thanks to Ian's masterful interpretations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the Top of the Game, 12 Oct 2012
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In his latest release, Ian Shaw once more demonstrates the uniqueness of his voice and style and has given us a superb CD with emotion and sensitivity and a joy of Fran's lyrics.A Ghost In Every Bar
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5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect combination, 18 May 2013
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Beautiful words music and vocals - lovely for a hot summer's day, an intimate evening, or just lying in bed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Shaw Fantastic as ever, 14 Sep 2012
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Having purchased all Ian Shaw's CDs I rate myself as a fan. This current CD is fantastic and well worth a listen. Wish we could hear more of him on the radio.
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