Title: The Right To Love
Released: 21st July 2017
July 22 HASTINGS St Mary In The Castle (with Big Band and Strings)
August 1-2 LONDON Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho
‘She seems in some magical way to be made out of music’ The Observer
‘Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz.’ Mojo
‘Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest’ The Times
‘Casually expressive, unblinkingly honest and often charmingly autobiographical’ The Guardian
Singer-pianist Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s greatest musical treasures. A deeply soulful, highly emotive singer and a superb pianist (classically trained from the age of three) her unique ability to inhabit a lyric is underpinned by a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right leading The Observer newspaper to declare that ‘She seems in some magical way to be made out of music’ and Jazzwise hailed her “rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power’. And it’s her soulful artistry that underpins The Right To Love, Carroll’s tenth album and fourth to be produced by Multi-Grammy nominated producer and trumpeter, and fellow Hastings resident, James McMillan. It follows on from the acclaimed Up and Down (2011) and superlative Ballads (2013) and the critically acclaimed Seaside (2015). Each beautifully crafted album has explored a theme or facet of Carroll’s artistry and The Right To Love is no different, as Carroll explains.
“I wanted to make the fourth album with James something where we could explore some of the less obvious attitudes towards love. And in a time where intolerance to race, sexuality and religion seems to have raised it’s ugly head again it seemed appropriate for us to make this statement”
The Right To Love then is an album about love in all it’s many and even unusual facets: Unrequited love (a poignant You Don’t Know What Love Is), excited beginnings (a soulful tak of Hiagy Carmichael’s Skylark), insecurity (the powerful If You Go Away), loss (I Get Along Without You Very Well here dedicated in memory of Carroll’s beloved mother Clare who passed away last year) and taboo love (The Right To Love was originally written about inter racial marriage!) in a track originally suggested to Liane by Gregory Porter’s pianist Chip Crawford. Elsewhere Carroll sings a classic slice of Tom Waits (In The Neighbourhood), Stevie Wonder’s Lately (a beautifully ethereal arrangement underpinned by the guitar of Mark Jaimes), a second slice of Hoagy Carmichael in Georgia and finally a taste of Nashville, via Hastings in Mike Willis’ Fine Line. Recorded by McMillan at his studio in Hastings, The Right To Love, features two of Carroll’s favourite pianists Mark Edwards and Malcolm Edmonstone, the stunning versatility of Mark Jaimes’ guitars, Grammy Award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum, bassists Loz Garratt and Roger Carey and drummers Ralph Salmins and Russell Field. For Carroll, working with such sympathetic musicians and with her chief musical co-conspirator, McMillan, was another milestone in a shared musical journey:
“Having the opportunity to create something together that felt true to the brief we had given ourselves, but also free in it’s interpretations, which wasn’t hard given the amazing musicians who played on it and contributed so much of their own incredible musicality, was a dream come true and James’ arrangements always seem to bring out the very best in me. I’m very proud of what we have created together”.
It’s a joy we can all share, as The Right To Love, proves yet again that no one sings a song like Carroll does and no one else brings such joy, pathos, hope and soul to their art as she does and together we can all share the bittersweet pleasures of The Right To Love!