The Independent on Sunday
Sunday 9 October 2005

JAZZ
****
Liane Carroll
Standard Issue
Splash Point

Few do rollicking, bluesy piano as well as Liane Carroll, who was finally recognised at this year's BBC Jazz Awards, carrying off the Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz gongs. She really occupies a place on the intersection of jazz and pop, which is why reworkings of such different songs as "Eleanor Rigby" and "That Old Black Magic" both sound eminently radio-friendly when topped by her distinctive, smokily louche voice. Carroll is a great performer, guaranteeing a good time when uptempo as well as being beautifully affecting on slower numbers like Laura Nyro's "He's A Runner". The real thing.

Sholto Byrnes

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