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As The Sun Shines Down On Me



  1. Blue Moon
  2. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  3. As The Sun Shines Down on Me
  4. Man From Mars
  5. Miracle
  6. My Ship
  7. In a Sentimental Mood
  8. September In the Rain
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Lucky Charm
  11. Knock Me Off My feet
  12. Threw It All away
  13. You Must Believe in Spring
  14. Hi Lili, Hi Lo
  15. Nuestro Tema

Jacqui Dankworth-Vocals
Mike Outram – Electric & Acoustic Guitars +Thumb Piano (14)
Alec Dankworth – Double Bass (except 2,4&5)
Tim Harries – Double Bass (2,4&5)
Roy Dodds –Drums
Martin Brunsden – Singing Saw (1)

Jacqui Dankworth is one of those people who was born to be a star performer, whether as an actress or singer in any genre, she can always deliver the goods.

Whilst this level of versatility is amazing and the envy of all us lesser mortals, it can sometimes have a strange effect on the career of such a person. The public’s attention becomes more focussed on less talented people who develop just one aspect or maybe the only aspect of their talent.

This is Jacqui’s debut album for CANDID and she says of it, "The world has always gone through dark and turbulent periods of time. The nature of humankind has seen to that. This album was recorded over five sessions between the winter of 2002 and spring 2003. I can say with assurance it has also been a turbulent period in my life but it has been a time of massive personal growth. You could say a time of challenge. All the songs I have chosen reflect the joys of loving, losing, living and…being human. As sure as day follows night, light follows darkness. This is an intensely personal album recorded with much love and with the intention of pouring a little light and courage into a world where there is often fear and darkness.

All of the previous paragraph can be heard in the album, it seems to show Jacqui with her heart on her sleeve. As an older person this all sounds a bit like a welcome to the real world, which is and always has been a collection of all these things.
All the tracks on this album are interesting, but the three tracks that are in my view outstanding, all come together. Tracks 7,8&9 seem to have everybody at their best and they are three great songs. On some tracks I find the guitar a bit intrusive, but not on these tracks Mike Outram is at his most sympathetic and Alec Dankworth is also heard in the way he should be.

This is an excellent album, but going back to my earlier remarks, I would like to hear Jacqui do a pure jazz album, her voice is different from her mother’s sufficiently for that not to be a problem and I am sure it would be a great success.
Don Mather


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