*UPDATE* Our project is growing! We were working towards my new EP CD release for 14th May 2018 BUT we have more tracks in the pipeline and so have decided to hold fire and release a full LP album later this year! You can preview 3 of the 8 tracks now on YouTube and Soundcloud. To coincide with our Jazz Steps Library Tour we are instead printing a CD album of previously recorded popular standards called Jazz and Cocktails, we also plan to drop another digital release of a track from the forthcoming Moments of Clarity Album.
The below press release will be amended in due course to reflect the new turn our project has taken but the general artistic direction remains the same:
Emotive Music Ltd. EP release May 14 2018
Moments of Clarity by Jeanie Barton and Angels in the Architecture
Jazz singer songwriter Jeanie Barton (voted Best Newcomer at the Marlborough Jazz Festival in 2015) follows up her acclaimed self-penned 2010 album The Magical Mirror [“It’s GREAT! It’s catchy as Hell!” Shane MacGowan, The Pogues] with the EP; Moments of Clarity. This release is an insightful collaboration with double bassist, producer and Nottingham University Professor in Music Technology, Simon Paterson (of Angels in the Architecture).
The 5 original tracks were recorded with Jeanie on vocals and keys and Simon on bass, percussion and production. The opening song; ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ featuring the inimitable Tony Kofi on alto saxophone was described as “Really powerful .. Just divine!” by Dean Jackson at BBC Introducing. Another guest on track 4 ‘Convenience’ is trumpeter Hugh Pascall; graduate of the Royal Academy and Paris Conservatoire. All four contributors to this EP are from Nottingham.
Jeanie’s songs explore themes as diverse as life after death, truth seeking, our connection to the cosmos and fidelity; she has yet again opened a Pandora’s Box of nostalgic material, which defies swift definition. Paterson’s input adds an experimental electro-orchestral angle to the production.
The CD and digital launch on May 14 2018 is celebrated with a Nottingham Jazz Steps Library Tour; starting at Beeston (14), then Worksop (15), Southwell (16) and West Bridgford (17) tickets are available in advance from the Libraries direct, the shows start at 7.30pm. These songs and more will be brought to life by Jeanie on vocals (and keys for some) with Matt Ratcliffe on keys, Simon Paterson on double bass and Ian Beestin on drums. This same team will take their show to festivals throughout 2018 (TBA).
“Jeanie’s vocals are a touch of class with a sound that is both stylish and personal and characterized by a refreshingly English delivery…” John O’Neill, former Jazz critic, The Sunday Times
“Jeanie is a joyous performer with an effortless style…” Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
“Jeanie’s infectious smile, great diction and rapport with her audience make it a joy and a real pleasure to listen to her” Chris Moore, BBC Radio (Jazz Incorporated)
“The hot chick has mellow tones” Richard Roundtree (Shaft)
“Absolutely spot-on” Alison Hoblyn, London Jazz News