Debut album steals the hearts of all Colette Henry fans
Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00
Colette Henry You Stole My Heart (No label)
Featuring Colette Henry (vocals), Johnny Taylor (piano), Andrew Csibi/Dan Bodwell (double bass), Dominic Mullan (drums)
SOMEBODY once said that it takes 20 years to be an overnight sensation. This young Irish vocalist has been singing for 15 years, but You Stole My Heart is her debut album -- proof of the wisdom of spending time on voice-training and style development instead of rushing into public from the cradle.
Lush Life has been sung by some of the greatest. Without copying any of them, Colette Henry interprets it in her own way, making it sound as natural as breathing. Her pure voice falls gently on the ear, while her precise diction and feeling for the lyrics bring out all the nuances of Billy Strayhorn's haunting song.
After a tasty bass intro by Csibi, Whatever Lola Wants gets a benignly teasing femme fatale treatment. A touch of scat brightens Nature Boy. Johnny Taylor's sombre piano underlines the melancholy yearning of You Don't Know What Love Is. The up-tempo There Will Never Be Another You gives the whole trio a chance to shine. Naturally her own compositions are not in the same league, though she makes the most of them, especially the fast and flexible You Deserve Better.
Colette Henry, Johnny Taylor, Andrew Csibi and Dominic Mullan will launch the album at a concert at 7.30pm, Friday, April 8, upstairs at 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2. Admission €8, or €14 including the album.
DON'T forget the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in the National Concert Hall tonight. Also, the Alex Mathias Quartet, now touring the North with its tribute to John Coltrane, will end the tour in Dublin's JJ Smyth's next Sunday night.