Kate and Mike Westbrook - Fine 'n' Yellow (3 stars)

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Kate and Mike Westbrook - Fine 'n' Yellow

(Gonzo)

This latest disc from singer Kate and pianist Mike Westbrook is dedicated to the memory of Margery and John Styles, long-time supporters of their work, and was funded by a bequest to finance a commission left in Margery’s will. As such, it is clearly a very personal project, and Kate’s poetic lyrics delve into various aspects of Margery’s life – her favourite colour (take a guess), a visit to her father’s war grave, her relationship with her husband, her love of jazz and conviviality.

They succeed in parlaying all of this into an absorbing album, drawing on the distinctive blend of unconventional jazz and German cabaret music that will be familiar to anyone who knows their work. They have gathered a group of familiar, well-trusted cohorts – the great Chris Biscoe and Pete Whyman on saxes and clarinets, bassist Steve Berry and drummer Jon Hiseman – to realise a handsome tribute to their late friends.

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