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Black Box


A tribute to Peggy Lee

Kate Dimbleby

Geoff Eales Trio

black box BBJ2020

  1. I Love Being Here with You
  2. Black Coffee
  3. Why Donít You Do Right
  4. Manana
  5. Heís Just My Kind
  6. Iím A Woman
  7. Hey Look Me Over
  8. These Foolish Things
  9. So Whatís New
  10. Sing a Rainbow
  11. Is That All there Is?
  12. Fever
  13. I Donít Want to Play in Your Yard.

Kate Dimbleby Ė Vocals
Geoff Eales Ė Piano
Roy Babbington Ė Bass
Mark Fletcher Ė Drums

I guess I must have been under a stone, but I must confess that I had not heard of Kate Dimbleby before, but she is obviously an experienced vocalist and her work with the excellent Geoff Eales trio on this album is a joy. This has been a good month for me as far as UK jazz vocalists are concerned, I have got to hear both Liz Fletcher and Kate Dimbleby and they are both artistes that I would like to hear more of.

The sleeve tells us that there were no written arrangements and if thatís the case, the knowledge of both singer and pianist of the Peggy Lee library is comprehensive. Roy Babbington and Mark Fletcher provide the kind of support you would expect from two of Britainís most talented jazz musicians.

Peggy Lee was a fiercely independent lady, who knew how she wanted to perform her songs and the backing she required. By all accounts she was a very Ďsassyí person if everything was not to her liking. Somehow I think that if she were listening up there, she would enjoy this quality album.

It is very difficult to comment on the music itself, Peggy Lee was a one off, she only included songs in her repertoire that she liked and she didnít mind whether they came from the world of Jazz, Pop, Show Songs or anywhere else. Every song was made to sound like it was written for Peggy Lee.

What I would like to hear now is an album of songs chosen by Kate Dimbleby. .

Don Mather


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