"Soulful, dignified, somewhat Cleo Laine-like..." THE GUARDIAN (UK)
a real jazz sensibility, depth in the writing, a band that doesn't mind stretching out and a little intensity; rare and welcome weapons in today's jazz vocalists' often limited armoury."JAZZ AT RONNIE SCOTT'S MAGAZINE (UK)
A young Londoner with film star looks, Juliet Kelly serves up a good first recording that begs for listening by adherents of jazz and pop-jazz." DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (US)
After the very well received release of her first album, APHRODITE'S CHILD, in 2003 Juliet Kelly now releases her second album; DELICIOUS CHEMISTRY, a charming album of original songs.
DELICIOUS CHEMISTRY (Chantiko) is a collection of original songs that further showcase Juliet's talent for writing laid-back, accessible jazz. As well as featuring her regular band of Carl Orr, Tom Barlow and Mercury Award nominee Seb Rochford; DELICIOUS CHEMISTRY involves some of the many great names Juliet has worked with recently, including BBC Jazz Award winner trumpeter Byron Wallen, Cuban violinist Omar Puente (Kirsty McColl), pianist Kate Williams and one of the early acid jazz pioneers Roger Beaujolais on vibes.
A highlight for Juliet this year was performing with award winning saxophonist and BBC radio presenter Courtney Pine at the Barbican for the BBC's Jazz Britannia season. They connected through their work and as a result Courtney also features on the album in BLACK ROSE. Juliet appears on vocals on Courtney's new album Resistance" due out later this year.
It was this wonderful and varied mix of musicians that led to Juliet naming the album: I chose the title Delicious Chemistry because the musicians - although all from jazz - come from a real mix of styles"
DELICIOUS CHEMISTRY saw Juliet write an entire album of original songs because as much as she loves the classic standards she wants to share her own fresh perspective on the beauty, freedom and expression of jazz-influenced music - music that can appeal to a younger audience as well as to more mainstream jazz fans.
Tracks like UNICORN DREAM and BEHIND HER SMILE demonstrate perfectly how Juliet really lives up to her aim of making an album of very accessible original songs. As with all the tracks they have a really fresh, clean, new sound, but are still unmistakably written and performed in the tradition of jazz. It is an album that can't help but make the listener feel relaxed and content with the world, while the beautifully rich, velvety vocals of Juliet similarly can't help but inspire and uplift the audience.
Juliet, sometimes described as a cross between Sade, Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson, has in this sassy album developed a distinct style that needs no classification and will soon see her name spoken in its own right along side the great jazz divas.
I've been extremely fortunate to work with such exceptionally talented musicians. We really enjoyed playing the songs and recording the album - I hope you enjoy the results!"
Delicious Chemistry is available from www.julietkelly.com, www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.co.uk or download tracks from the iTunes store.