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It Happens Quietly




A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
In The Still of the Night
It Happens Quietly
I'm Glad There Is You
A Love Like Ours
My Foolish Heart
Make Someone Happy
Blame It On My Youth
Ill Wind
At Last
The Man
The Folks Who Live On The Hill

Personnel: Jacqui Dankworth: vocals; Henry Lowther: trumpet; Barnaby Dickenson: trombone; Dave Laurance: French horn; John Dankworth: alto saxophone; Tim Garland: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Jimmy Hastings: flute, bass clarinet; Karen Sharp: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Malcolm Edmonstone: piano; Chris Allard: guitar; Alec Dankworth: bass; Andrew Bain: drums; Sally Herbert: violin; Everton Nelson: violin; Francis Dewar: violin; Alison Dodds: violin; Gareth Griffiths: violin; Peter Hanson: violin; Ian Humphries: violin; Tom Piggott-Smith: violin; Clare Finnemore: viola; Bruce White: viola; Ian Brurdge: cello; Chris Worsley: cello; Ben Davis: cello; Steve Watts: bass (2, 5, 7); Steve Brown: drums (2, 5, 7)
rec.2011 [56:15]


Poignantly, this disc features arrangements by John Dankworth, who can be heard counting in the band in the opening track. The dozen tunes benefit from a variety of approaches and from some of the imaginative and immaculate instrumental contributions from the soloists. And of course they are graced by Jacqui Dankworth's voice, which is capable of richly thoughtful and pitch perfect deployment.

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square is a lovely arrangement and showcases Jimmy Hastings' flute playing as well as Jacqui's effortless sounding vocals. John Dankworth ensured that there was sufficient cross current between the soloists and the string accompaniments, and that the result was a fruitful product of the two and not a cancellation of them both. Thus Karen Sharp turns in a fine solo on In The Still of the Night which is a wittily arranged number, rhythmically, and Chris Allard follows with an excellent guitar passage. I'm not so keen on the fade ending. The strings are heard at their most articulate on It Happens Quietly where it's also the lyrical soprano sax of Tim Garland that takes honours. Listen out too for Steve Watts's arco bass solo on A Love Like Ours where one can't help but feel that Jacqui comes closest to sounding like Cleo Laine, her mother in her restrained but clear vocal curlicues.

Make Someone Happy gets a suitably snappy, show tune work out - a real up-tempo swinger - whilst one finds Garland curling seductively around Dankworth's vocals on At Last. The sax solo on The Man has been airlifted into this arrangement from a previous recording, and is played by John Dankworth himself. To end, we have The Folks Who Live On The Hill which is just vocal and guitar, played with a stripped back delicacy that affirms the laudable warmth and taste that runs throughout the set.

Jonathan Woolf

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