Format: CD

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Release date: 29 Sep 2017
Format: CD
Grade: New / null (About gradings)
SKU: 100286
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London based Zara McFarlane ‘s third album ‘Arise’ is another step in the mature progression of this highly respected singer/songwriter. Drawing on influences ranging from the reggae that she was exposed to as a child to the Jazz scene as well as her own explorations into her Caribbean roots, this album is stylistically shifting but has that Islands vibe always at its heart. Her –at times whispered – voice works so well with the music, especially on the more afrojazz offering ‘Pride’ while the echoey dub of ‘Fusin And Fightin’ is infectious. Nora Dean’s ‘Peace Begins Within’ is a delightful, delicate jazz dancer, ‘In Between Worlds’ has an otherworldly feel in parts, dipping in and out of shades while the sublime, cosmic ‘Silhouette’ featuring Shabaka Hutchings wouldn’t sound out of place on a Matthew Halsall album. The percussive, Afro-beat ‘Ode To Cyril’ closes this really strong set of inspired sounds.

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