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Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love

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Though it is vocalist Jacqui Dankworth’s name above the title, her fifth album heralds the convergence of three of Britain’s foremost jazz practitioners, none of whom have gained nearly the Stateside attention they deserve. First is Dankworth herself, of elite lineage, daughter of composer-reedman John Dankworth and vocalist Cleo Laine. Next is keyboardist-vocalist Charlie Wood who, though born in Memphis, has long been based in London and is Dankworth’s husband. Finally, there’s bassist Geoff Gascoyne, best known for his work with the jazz-flecked British supergroup Everything But the Girl and for his pivotal role in Jamie Cullum’s rise to stardom. In addition to playing on 13 of the 14 tracks, Gascoyne produced the album and wrote all but one of the arrangements.

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