’13 original songs that sound like standards, with no fewer than 11 of today’s finest jazz vocalists … what’s not to like?’ – London Evening Standard (****)
If you only buy one jazz vocal album this year, make it this one! Eleven great jazz vocalists sing thirteen new compositions on this stunning album, released 3rd June 2016 on Splash Point Records.
The CD features vocalists Liane Carroll, Cherise Coryna, Alexia Gardner, Allan Harris, Jo Harrop, David McAlmont, China Moses, Sandra Nkaké, Vimala Rowe, Alexander Stewart and Ayanna Witter-Johnson; musicians on the album include Nathaniel Facey, Freddie Gavita, Denys Baptiste, Winston Rollins, Sue Richardson, Alex Davis, Miles Danso, Andy Cleyndert, Andy Chapman, Sophie Alloway, Jo Caleb and Raphael Lemonnier.
All songs written and arranged by Alex Webb apart from Winters (Webb/Witter-Johnson) and Nothing But A Blues (Webb/Moses/Lemonnier). Produced by Andrew Cleyndert; executive producer Neal Richardson; a Copasetic Production for Splash Point Music; worldwide distribution by Proper.
About Alex Webb:
“Here is a writer not content with peddling jazz covers but a composer hell bent on writing some new jazz standards” – Blues & Soul
“What sets this album apart is the quality of Webb’s writing and arranging … his songs have a timeless quality, many of them sound as if they ought to be standards” – TheJazzmann.com
“Original songs by Alex Webb both lyrically and musically nail the times” – Womanaroundtown.com
“An amazing songwriter” – Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Jazzwise
“Original songs penned by Webb … are bright, tuneful surprises” – Bistroawards.com
“Webb has that reliable musician’s ear for well-crafted and pleasant songs” – London Jazz Blog
“Plays the piano as nimbly as Fred Astaire dances” – Theeasy.com
I am a jazz-oriented songwriter and arranger and for a large part of my career I’ve worked in and around the music business – in live music promotion, music publishing, as a music press officer and in music radio.
As a piano player, in the last few years I’ve been fortunate to work with various combinations of bassists Gary Crosby, Miles Danso, George Trebar, Larry Bartley, Neil Charles and Andy Cleyndert, and drummers Shane Forbes, Moses Boyd, Siemy Di, Rod Youngs, Andy Ball and Andy Chapman. I’ve also had the pleasure of playing with some great soloists, including Frank Griffith, Guy Barker, Denys Baptiste, Nathaniel Facey, Winston Rollins, Sue Richardson and Freddie Gavita. If you don’t know them, check ’em out. On the Brazilian side, playing with bassist Kita Steuer and drummer Uira was a gas, too.
Recently in New York I was lucky enough to perform with vocalists Charenee Wade, Cyrille Aimee and Allan Harris, as well as the excellent up-and-coming instrumentalists Mimi Jones (bass), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Benny Bennack III (trumpet), Bill Todd (alto), Brent White (trombone) and Camille Thurman (tenor sax – and a great singer too).
Alexander Stewart singing the Alex Webb composition Waste Of A Love Affair at Ronnie Scott’s, London:
Influences? All the Bs, certainly: Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner, Bessie, Billie, Basie, Bud Powell, Chet Baker, Betty Carter, James Brown, Anita Baker, Chico Buarque, Jacques Brel, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Beatles … and of course Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids.
China Moses singing the Alex Webb-China Moses-Raphael Lemonnier composition The Mailman, The Butcher, And Me:
You can hear tracks of mine on recent CD releases by China Moses (on the 2012 French Universal album Crazy Blues, released in the UK April 2013) Mina Agossi (on the 2012 album Red Eyes, Naive Records), Liane Carroll (Slow Down, Splash Point Records), Alexia Gardner (Chasing Hope, Amiata Emozioni), Alexander Stewart (All Or Nothing At All, ASM) and Wendy Guevara (Destiny, Dreams, Desire, GuevaraCD). Other compositions and co-writes are on coming releases – watch this space.
Alexia Gardner singing the Alex Webb composition Forbidden Fruit:
Kocoa singing the Alex Webb composition World Stopped Turning:
I love to work with good singers, and not just in jazz – I’m always interested in collaborations and great new voices, so let me know. Unless, of course, it’s Country & Western 🙂