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something's gotta give

sarah moule


Sarah Moule vocals
Pete Wareham, tenor & baritone saxophone
Mark Armstrong, trumpet
Steve Fishwick, trumpet
Jim Mullen, guitar
Simon Wallace, piano & Hammond organ
Mark Hutton, bass
Garry Hammond, percussion
Paul Robinson, drums

In the past few years singer Sarah Moule has established a rapidly growing reputation as one of Britain's most exciting new jazz talents.   Her highly acclaimed debut album 'It's A Nice Thought' (Linn AKD 192) showed that in lyricist Fran Landesman and composer Simon Wallace (“one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive” The Observer) she has found a source of contemporary, literate and often funny songs which are ruthlessly honest about human foibles, strengths and frailties, and which lend themselves to Moule's emotionally direct vocal style.

Something's Gotta Give marries a collection of new Landesman/Wallace material with classic songs by one of the greatest of the American Songbook lyricists, Johnny Mercer.   Mercer and Landesman first met in the late 1950's when Landesman and composer Tommy Wolf were enjoying great success with songs such as “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” and “The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men.”   Mercer was a great admirer of Landesman's work while she in turn had grown up listening to his songs and absorbing his techniques of incorporating everyday colloquial phrases into song lyrics.

    A good and original voice, while at the same time, in spirit, it has something of the melancholy gaiety of the great Billie Holiday.
    A subtle and intelligent young vocalist… Moule's purring voice - honeyed in sound, subtle in timing and pitch, shrewd in weighting the music with meaning - maximises the lyricist's repertoire of resigned humour, glimpsed tragedies and razorsharp metaphor… an impressive beginning.
  1. Something's Gotta Give
  2. How Was It For You?
  3. I'm Old Fashioned
  4. Save The Photographs
  5. That Old Black Magic
  6. What Love Knows
  7. Jeepers Creepers
  8. The Days of Wine & Roses
  9. Come Rain or Come Shine
10. Down
11. You're So Now
12. Trav'lin' Light
13. High Noon
14. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

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