Artist: Tina May
Title Of Album: My Kinda Love
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz Vocals
Label: Hep Jazz
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 60:28
Total Size: 140 Mb
01. My Kinda Love (2:48)
02. Lazy Afternoon (5:13)
03. S'posin' (5:08)
04. Where Were You In April (5:14)
05. I Wish I Knew (4:53)
06. Si Tu Partais (6:31)
07. A Sunday Kind Of Love (6:17)
08. An Occasional Man (3:23)
09. Haunted Heart (5:18)
10. You Came A Long Way From St Louis (4:41)
11. Manhattan In The Rain (5:26)
12. I'm Through With Love (5:31)
Personnel: Tina May (vocals); Frank Griffith (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Duncan Lamont (tenor saxophone); Sammy Mayne (alto saxophone); Freddie Gavita, Janusz Carmello (trumpet, flugel horn); Nicol Thompson (trombone); Ian Laws (guitar); John Pearce (piano); Dave Green (bass); Winston Clifford (drums, vocals); Bowfiddle String Quartet
This latest release from Tina May should not be regarded so much as a follow up to the excellent Divas (also on Hep Jazz), but more a companion album. In retaining the services of Frank Griffith as arranger, as well as his instrumental prowess on both tenor and clarinet; Tina has also drafted in the arranging talents and saxophone playing of Duncan Lamont on two of his own compositions that bring another welcome highlight in a set that is brim full of such delights.
With a remit to visit some lesser known standards, Tina has brought her fresh an individual approach to the material, with a delivery that brings out the all the inherent qualities in the chosen material. The opening title track swings along with controlled gusto, as does Paul Denniker's solitary success, ‘S'posin' with a fine scatting duet between Tina and drummer, Winston Clifford. Another seldom heard song, a I must admit new to me, is ‘An Occasional Man' that was featured in the 1955 film ‘Girl Rush' that May delivers with no little wit. Trumpeter Freddie Gravita, Sammy Mayne on alto and the Spanish guitar of Ian Law make the most of Frank Griffith's gentle calypso in their solos.
In Duncan Lamont's ‘Manhattan In The Rain' and ‘Where Were You In April' we have two more superb songs that are in danger of being overlooked, and yet again contribute to the sheer quality of this disc notwithstanding Lamont's stunning tenor solo on ‘April'.
In a captivating ‘Lazy Afternoon', Tina chooses to revisit a tune that she first recorded on her debut album Never let Me Go back in 1991 in the company of Dave Newton, Clark Tracey, the incomparable Don Weller, and if memory serves Dave Green on bass, who contributes so magnificently to this recording. If that was the choice cut from the debut release, the intervening years have brought a maturity and sensitivity to May's performance that again makes her interpretation a stand out track.
My Kinda Love quite rightly casts Tina May as one of the UKs premier vocalists, and for those that purchased Divas will wish to add this to their collection. If you have yet to acquire either of these two fine releases, as the cliché goes, prepare to want both. ~Reviewed by Nick Lea