I came to this album through Georgia Mancio’s website. She is a London-based Anglo Italian jazz singer, songwriter and producer who has released 7 albums. She runs a small jazz festival in London and performs regularly. I like her voice and singing style, and have the albums Silhouette and Peaceful Place.
Kate Williams (daughter of guitarist John Williams) heads a jazz trio of piano, drums and bass, and has released 8 albums, which I shall have to investigate. For Four plus Three they are joined by the Guastalla string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello). John Williams adds guitar on two tracks.
This recent release contains songs about a sense of place and belonging, some based on Mancio’s meetings with refugees in the UK and the Calais camp.
Musically, I’d describe it as accessible modern jazz – complex enough but not outlandish. I’m no jazz freak, and I’m sure that others can provide a more exact description. For me, it’s varied, tuneful and intricate enough to hold interest without getting too introverted. The theme is serious, but the tunes and delivery are warm and interesting.
Give it a listen and see what you think.
I ordered the album from the artist (https://www.georgiamancio.com/product/finding-home/ ), and received a hand-written thank-you card with it – a nice touch. It’s also available from the usual sources.