Some musicians are talented, some brilliant and a few just seem to be made out of music. Liane Carroll is one of these. Every phrase she sings sounds unstudied, fresh and somehow inevitable. It’s best to experience her in person, so this concert will be much anticipated. It’s hard to think of a better matched keyboard companion than Brian Kellock, Scotland ‘s finest jazz pianist, and one of the best anywhere.
In his review of their album “Live at the Lampie” John Fordham wrote
“Liane Carroll can loose off a jazz-singing broadside that might touch on Betty Carter and Bobby McFerrin (with soul-vocal asides including everyone from Aretha to Stevie Wonder), and Scottish piano virtuoso Kellock has a comparable range from Fats Waller to free-improv, so the potential for repetition in this duo is low. Released from her singer/pianist responsibilities, Carroll has rarely sounded more spontaneous and relaxed, and Kellock’s breaks are often breathtaking. Those who aren’t fans of scat singing might wish that the unstoppably free-falling Carroll could back off the yodels and squeals, but for the most part, the sheer risk-embracing verve makes you forgive the overembroidery. Love for Sale is so abstractly delivered it’s barely recognisable; Come Rain or Come Shine explores streams of fresh melody in two alternative takes; and on Falling in Love With Love, the two seem to merge into one. It’s the kind of recording that makes you wish you’d been there.” John Fordham Guardian
Well now you can be there! Book at ticket for Liane Carrol and Brian Kellock @Seven Arts on Thus 2 Dec 7.30pm. Tix here £20/18/10: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds