Cartwright, George - The Memphis Years
This is the second solo release by composer/saxophonist George Cartwright, best known as the leader of Curlew. The Memphis Years pays tribute to Cartwrights five-year involvement in Memphis' well known music scene, and features some of that citys best musicians. Cartwright collaborates with noted lyricist Paul Haines (Tropic Appetites, Escalator Over The Hill) and vocalist Amy Denio. Curlew guitarist Davey Williams also appears. The result is a blending of strictly composed songs sung by Denio and composed and semi-improvisational jazz-oriented instrumentals. Cartwright continues to astound...altogether foot-stomping and gregariously festive...but then again, we wouldnt expect anything less (5/5 stars)!-All About Jazz.