Carolina Moon: East of the Sun (Global Routes)

 |   |  <1 min read

Carolina Moon: East of the Sun
Carolina Moon: East of the Sun (Global Routes)

Even more New Zealand jazz. And different again. Moon began her career in London more than a decade ago, moved to Australia (where as Caroline Lynn she won considerable media praise) and then came to New Zealand.

She is now married to saxophonist Roger Manins who appears here, along with pianist Kevin Field, guitarist-for-all-seasons Nigel Gavin, drummer Chris O'Connor, Oliver Holland on bass and accordionist Herschal.

Quite a crew of local talent.

Moon's style is a low, breathy, assured and beautifully articulated intimacy, and her song selection is interesting: rather than fall for an easy -- and easily marketable -- collection of standards she includes fine treatments of the Doors' Light My Fire (in which Gavin excels), adds her own lyrics to a piece by the late Jann Rutherford, drops in Bizet's Habanera, and goes all chanson-vibrato on Sous le Ciel.

Yes, she opens with the standard Call Me and later adds Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss and Billy Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, but the latter two are hardly threadbare to most listeners . . . and she (and the musicians) pull them off with rare skill.

Moon has previously explored a world music/jazz fusion crossover and writes her own material, but here she sits back on a fine collection of songs which is warm, emotional and quite enchanting.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Joe Lovano: Symphonica (EMI)

Joe Lovano: Symphonica (EMI)

Those who were witness to the outstanding Auckland concert fronted by saxophonist Lovano and guitarist John Scofield might be right now looking for Joe albums: if so this maybe ain't the one you... > Read more

Various Artists: Message from the Tribe (Universal Sound/Southbound)

Various Artists: Message from the Tribe (Universal Sound/Southbound)

On the surface this may look like one for those with selective taste: here is a 12 track collection of inner city jazz from Tribe Records out of Detroit between '72 and '76. The dates are... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPADE COOLEY: Shame on him

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SPADE COOLEY: Shame on him

When country singer Spade Cooley went face down after a heart attack in November 1969 there were doubtless a few would have said he deserved to die, and that it should have happened sooner.... > Read more

THE BEATLES' SGT PEPPER'S COVER (2017): An image for all seasons

THE BEATLES' SGT PEPPER'S COVER (2017): An image for all seasons

Within weeks of the release of Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago, its front cover image -- photographed and constructed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth -- was being... > Read more