Music matters with John Murray
Once in a while a cool jazz vocalist appears and this is true when I heard The Ben Cox Band with an impressive debut album called This Waiting Game (Absolute) released next week.
The opening title track says it all with a smooth vocal surrounding a Steely Dan jazz-lite arrangement which reoccurs later and causing Jamie Cullum to take notice for a qualified endorsement.
Ben is still only 21 and collaborates his writing with pianist Jamie Safiruddin mainly within a five piece band.
They produce songs though as opposed to instrumental excursions making them an interesting combo.
Judging by the choice of covers they add jazz to the Beatles’ And I Love Her and capture the mood completely of A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square with an impeccable duet with Claire Martin setting the scene before Antonio Carlos Jobim’s This Happy Madness closes the album with Emily Dankworth gleefully joining Ben.
Fife Jazz Club presents Iain Ewing from the big band That Swing Sensation at Woodside Hotel Aberdour on April 12 at 2pm.
Accompanied by Colin Steele on trumpet and Euan Stevenson on keys the set will feature the jazz vocal standards from the pen of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.
With a summer tour planned Kenny Butterhill finds himself top of the Hot Disc (Americana) airplay charts from UK radio stations with his track Dead End Of The Dirt Road taken from his current album Troubadour Tales (No Bull Songs).
Borrowing a good rhythm from JJ Cale, Good Thing That Couldn’t Happen Here is a fine opener.
Credit too for vocalist Zoe Muth on Gaia Blues further enhanced with Country harmonica courtesy of the legendary Donovan.
Managing all his own song writing and arrangements, Kenny says he is looking forward to visiting the UK.