Andra Sparks Jazz Singer and Vocal Coach - Album reviews

PEOPLE WE ONCE KNEW - Verge 002 and YOUR TIME - Verge 2006


'On this second album Sparks' husky, intimate tones are brought to bear on an interestingly varied range of songs in clean but colourful arrangements by Nick Weldon. She's especially strong on the more soulful and introspective numbers and clearly has a strong affinity with Kenny Wheeler material (his 'Sweet Dulcinea Blue' is one of the standout tracks). Well supported by her band ... some particularly edgy sax from Russell van den Berg on But Beautiful.' PENGUIN ROUGH GUIDE TO JAZZ 2005

'This is the second album from Sparks ... lovely voice, fine intonation , crystal clear diction and respect for lyrics. Featuring the same superb trio of Nick Weldon.. Jeff Clyne... and Trevor Tomkins... from her earlier 'People We Once Knew' ... it's the originals - Leo Ferre's title track, Kenny Wheeler's 'Sweet Dulcinea Blue' and above all, Bob Dorough's tartly hip 'Small Day Tomorrow' - that seem to draw her in and spark her interpretive gifts to the fullest. Certainly they stand out on an album notable for the quality of her support.' IRISH TIMES 2004 - Ray Comisky

'Irish singer with a very broad experience in straight music and jazz, and an amazingly beautiful voice, backed by a group of immensely experience, first rate musicians.' SWANAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2001

'This is a band that works together very much as a unit, not just vocals and backing.. some of the most respected musicians on the British jazz scene...' THE CASTLE - WELLINGBOROUGH 2002

'This is a band, not just a first rate vocalist with backing, with every member making a vital contribution to the presentation of the words and music - a collaboration of talent, respect and individuality.' LINCOLN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2001

'.. Jeff Clyne's singing bass lines, Nick Weldon's arrangments ... are just two of the reasons to pay attention to an outstanding release' MUSICIAN MAGAZINE 2004

'Vocalist Andra Sparks releases her second CD on the inde label run by her succinctly affecting pianist/arranger Nick Weldon. Weldon selects notes as if each one contains meaning and finds the perfect partner in Sparks....' JAZZWISE 2004

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