Monthly Archives: February 2012

Jazzwise Review Emma Smith at Pizza Express

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Jazzwise magazine reviewed last night’s gig at the Pizza Express launching “The Huntress” …

“Her opening song, the CD title track, set the tone of the evening. The melody soared and swooped, imaginative lyrics unfolded a dramatic narrative, sung and recited, before releasing into a fine piano solo by Matt Robinson. ‘Stolen Child’ combined Smith’s own lyrics with those of WB Yeats in a pleasing musical setting inspired by English folk music. Her compositions reveal an adventurous mind, prepared to depart from conventional song forms and harmonies and to explore melodic ideas reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler or Norma Winstone, while her treatment of standards can be iconoclastic with an up-tempo Latin arrangement of the ballad ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ and a subtly re-harmonised ‘Old Devil Moon’. Along with Matt Robinson, bassist Tim Thornton and drummer Andy Ball complete a first-class rhythm section, one can that deliver the tempo changes, accurate rhythms, dynamic variations and the driving swing that Ms Smith’s music demands. In exchange she offers plenty soloing space for all three to display their individual musical voices…”

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London Jazz Review Emma Smith at Pizza Express

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Last night was the album launch for Emma Smith’s “The Huntress” at Pizza Express, Dean Street, and we had another great gig at the famous London venue. For those of you who missed it you can read Sebastian Scotney’s review of the gig …

“Smith described herself as coming from a “scarily musical” family. Check. All the basics – true intonation, crystal-clear diction, an alert sense of phrasing and line – can be absolutely taken for granted in what she does, which is of purest quality…

The album is a bona fide, a statement of intent made genuinely, in good faith. The launch was well attended, enthusiastically received, and will stay in the memory. An important step in the career of a singer-composer of very great promise…”

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