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Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love

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 … Read More “Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love”

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Jacqui Dankworth : It Happens Quietly

Throughout this splendidly realized album, there’s no missing Jacqui Dankworth’s regal heritage. Her mother, Dame Cleo Laine, possesses one of the most distinctive voices in jazz and the echoes are unmistakable, particularly in Dankworth’s immaculate phrasing. But it is her father, Sir John Dankworth, whose influence is more strongly felt. All but one of the … Read More “Jacqui Dankworth : It Happens Quietly”

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