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with a song in my heart
A rich-voiced and expressive singer. Her choice of material is typically enterprising.
Gill Manly is a jazz singer who has been described as "an amalgam of Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan". Her debut album on Linn Records With a Song in My Heart features performances by trumpeter Guy Barker and singer Mark Murphy.
- The Observer
A stalwart of London's live music scene for many years, Gill Manly has returned to the recording studio due to popular demand from champions such as Mark Murphy.
With a Song in My Heart reflects a period of maturation and reflection. It is a gentle and flawless selection of jazz standards enhanced by the virtuoso playing of Guy Barker on trumpet.
With a Song in My Heart sees Manly reclaim her place amongst the current jazz vocalists who have long cited her as an inspiration and a unique interpreter of the jazz singers' vast cannon.
Gill Manly has worked with the cream of UK jazz including Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr, Clark Tracey and Robin Aspland, Alec Dankworth and Dave O'Higgins.
Gill was nominated for Best Jazz Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards in 1995.
Gill is a regular performer at key jazz venues around London (she was recently invited to honour Dudley Moore at Ronnie Scott's) and will launch her new album at Pizza Express Jazz Club on 17th February 2009.
A jewel in the crown of British Jazz for many years, but unrecorded since 1994, With a Song in My Heart sees Gill Manly make a welcome and decisive return to the studio.
Gill Manly - vocals
Simon Wallace - piano
Mark Hodgson - double bass
Ralph Salmins - drums
Guy Barker - trumpet
Mark Murphy - additional vocals
1. Midnight Sun 3:40|
2. Robbins' Nest 3:07
3. With a Song in My Heart 6:03
4. A Night in Tunisia 3:50
5. Daydream 4:27
6. Taxi Driver / Love for Sale 7:23
7. Take Love Easy 3:54
8. September Song 5:54
9. Sittin' and a Rockin' 2:59
10. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most 2:05
11. Where or When 3:17
12. Lush Life 3:21
13. I Keep Going Back to Joe's 4:10
Total Time 57:27
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