Hetty Kate & Sam Lemann "A Late Brunch on Irwell Street"
Four stringed instruments, four jazz musicians, two rainy nights, ten songs from The Great American Songbook and an underground studio in North Melbourne, Australia.. and you have this sweetly swinging album, all sunshine and smiles.
The lineup: Hetty Kate (vocals), Sam Lemann (lead guitar), Andy Baylor (rhythm guitar), Leigh Barker (double bass) have chosen a varied selection of songs, all worthy - yet unpredictable - for their debut album.
Hetty's got a lovely relaxed way of singing that puts listeners at ease (rather like the wonderful Susannah McCorkle, now sadly dead). Some singers are so keen to show off their technique that one as a listner gets nervous. Hetty just swings along and takes us for a joyful ride, as Susannah did.. and she made 14 CDs for Concord in the '90s."
Steve Robertson The Swinging Years", 3RPC in Portland. 2-4 Thurs