Records - Alison Burns (3 stars)

Alison Burns

Kissing Bug (P3 Music)

JAZZ

Scottish singer Alison Burns concentrates on a programme of familiar standards for her debut album, including pleasing versions of ‘You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To’, ‘But Not For Me’, ‘Shadow of Your Smile’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, as well as the less familiar title track. She brings a lightly swinging touch and a nice feel for the lyrics to these numbers, and has a very pleasant voice, if a little short on colour and range at times.

Alison has the advantage of being able to call on her partner, drummer James Taylor, and his distinguished dad, guitarist Martin Taylor, who handles production as well as playing. High-class accompaniments from the likes of trumpeter Guy Barker, pianist David Newton and accordionist Jack Emblow, frame her vocals in agreeable fashion, and bring additional lustre to the music.

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