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Going backwards going forward.,
This review is from: All The Ghosts (Audio CD)
When I interviewed Gwyneth Herbert in 2004 just after the release of her first widely available album she seemed upset that she had lost control of the process, and had produced product that tried to constrain her within one style - and I felt the same later when Blue Note produced what I thought to be a laboured album which didn't really reflect her abilities and her talents. This album mostly recorded mostly at Box,near Bath goes a long way to redressing those difficulties and goes some way towards establishing her in her own niche. It helps that her band are obviously empathetic to what she was trying to achieve.The songs on this album also cover a wider range of topics and styles than either of the two previous major releases, and she doesn't deserve to be pigeonholed as a jazz singer, as this proves that there's much more to her performance than that. My two favourites from early listening are "Annie's Yellow Bag" and "Put your mouth where your money is". Probably also worth mentioning is Al Cherry's guitar playing, fluid and usually understated, and the keyboard work of Steve Holness, though Herbert herself plays on "My Narrow Man". Oh yes, and watch out for the David Bowie song cover.
Overall one that will grow on repeated listening and hopefully an indication that she might finally have found a direction and a sound that takes her where she wants to be going. Highly recommended!