New on the jazz scene, Evelyn Laurie here presents her debut album. From Scotland, she has had several careers including working in marketing and business development, and mentoring in the creative sectors. Singing has always been in her life, including performing in choirs and operatic choruses. Long interested in popular music, earlier in this decade she attended a Fionna Duncan vocal jazz workshop and since this encounter with the Scottish jazz legend, she has been gradually stretching her vocal wings.
Her sound is light, most of the songs being sung in a gentle wispy manner. Alongside her performing, Laurie has developed an interest in songwriting, shown here by “I Love Your Smile” (words and music), “In the Dark” (words, music Jack Trombey) and “Fly Away” (words, music by Carl Orff). She’s well supported, notably by Stevenson, who takes several solos, and Wiszniewski, while “I’m a Fool to Want You” is a duet with Caribe.
Close Your Eyes; Who Knows Where the Time Goes; I Fall in Love Too Easily; I Love the Way You’re Breaking My Heart; Lullaby of Birdland; I Love Your Smile; In the Dark; Wichita Lineman; I’m a Fool to Want You; Fly Away (41.32)
Laurie (v); Konrad Wiszniewski (ts); Euan Stevenson (p); Frank Bolam (g); Mario Caribe (b); Tom Gordon (pc). Glasgow. 2028.