Cartwright, George - The Memphis Years (Mega Blowout Sale)
"Cartwright continues to astound...altogether foot-stomping and gregariously festive...but then again, we wouldn't expect anything less (5/5 stars)!"-All About Jazz
This is the second solo release by composer/saxophonist George Cartwright, best known as the leader of Curlew.
The Memphis Years pays tribute to Cartwright's five-year involvement in Memphis' well known music scene, and features some of that city's 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. This is a beautiful 'jazz and beyond' work and comes hugely recommended.