Man Overboard brings together five like-minded musicians who play and listen to all sorts of music, but who share a love of hot swing. Thomas Gould is a classical violinist described as “staggeringly virtuosic” by The Guardian. He also is a dab hand at jazz, and his playing meets its match in the lyrical clarinet-playing of Ewan Bleach, who has been making his mark on the music scenes of London and New Orleans. Thomas and Ewan work the tunes beautifully together, sometimes harmonising, sometimes challenging each other. At other times, they simply provide the setting for Louisa Jones’ distinctively husky but sweet voice. Underpinning the sound are Dave O’Brien (one of the brightest young musicians on the London swing scene) on the double bass and Jean-Marie Fagon, a good old-fashioned, no-nonsense rhythm guitarist from France.
The sheer quality of the performances is uplifting. All Hands
On Deck is 18 tracks of pure joy. All about Jazz – 4th July
These classics from the 1920s and 30s are sure to put some
ginger into your summer gin o'clock. Jessica Duchen's blog
Quite captivating Bebop Spoken Here
hugely enjoyable, luminously engineered debut album The Strad
This is unpretentious, fun jazz played in a highly infectious style that makes you smile Fanfare magazine