The programme of songs is nicely balanced between the familiar and the new, much of the new material being from Rupert Wates, who I am assuming is a relative of the excellent alto player Matt Wates. Liz Fletcher has listened well to the great female jazz singers and on certain numbers the influences are very clear.
Sunshine might have been written for Annie Ross, but it is very well performed here. In fact everything about the album is very musical, the backings all contain solos of the standard one would expect from such a celebrated group of musicians. Serenade in Blue is not the old Miller favourite, but a nice gentle bossa nova from Rupert Wates. Liz seems to naturally do the things that are essential in the jazz vocals dept.
She certainly has good diction and there is no difficulty in following File Under Rock/Pop - The Waxing Captors - Back To Birmingham lyric in the new numbers.
There are no tracks that are wasted on this album, each one is interesting and the whole album thoroughly enjoyable and well recorded. An excellent You Stepped Out Of A Dream - Liz Fletcher - Mellow Mania album from a singer we are surely going to hear a lot more of in the future.
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