DEBUT ALBUM 'MORE..' RECEIVES GENERAL REVIEW.
Paul's debut album is already creating a stir, read the first review.
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'More..' by Paul Pashley
‘I wanted to create an album that had stature, quality and strength, something that would stand up on its own merit, show an identity beside some great standards, but not just the standards, something extra, an edge and contemporary feel. This is why I wanted the albums name to say something, I hope that you enjoy ‘More..’ as much as we did creating it. More..’ for me is a really honest compilation of great songs and features some beautiful works. I had the pleasure of working with some exceptional musicians in production. It really has taken lots of careful planning and passion, I hope that you enjoy the album’ - Paul Pashley
Offering up a crisp, classic, yet contemporary sound smooth-voiced Paul Pashley finally unleashes his long-awaited debut album, ‘More..’produced and arranged by Iain Dixon.
More than just a swing singer, Pashley demonstrates both versatility and range on this offering, seamlessly mixing beloved standards and incorporating elements of funk, rock and soul into the mix for good measure. Nestling amidst the twelve tracks are some outstanding original compositions, which already sound like future classics.
Kicking things off to a smooth start, whilst oozing effortless class, Pashley’s signature style and rich velvety tones breathe new life into a trio of timeless standards.
Opener 'Oh! Look At Me Now' is a shuffling arrangement with a pared back feel, complemented by sumptuous brass that allows Pashley’s rich voice to truly shine. This is followed up by the woozy Dinah Washington inspired 'Teach Me Tonight', with its considered delivery and laid back swing that grooves nicely along. Elsewhere ‘More', with its subtle nuances of trombone, is a hypnotic gem of a track inspired by Pashley’s love of Bobby Darin.
Original track 'Fragile Like Crystal', with its sharp brassy stabs and gentle guitar, caresses your ear like a warm breeze. Pashley’s voice flows with an impassioned and assured delivery that is effortlessly smooth. This timeless and funky classic evokes thoughts of bikinis and martinis, culminating in a superb guitar solo from highly respected jazz fusion and funk player Mike Walker.
Next up, 'Who Can I Turn To?' is a nod to the great Anthony Newley. Initially set to be an album closer, this melancholic track is an emotive, yet understated offering that finds Pashley’s voice reflective, yet pleading, smooth and heartfelt.
The oft overdone ‘Mambo Italiano’ is given a fresh and modern edge, with an uplifting mariachi trumpet solo courtesy of 24 year-old Mike Davies. A breezy Latin jazz take this track sounds bold, crisp and contemporary.
As far as covers go, few artists can say that theirs has been endorsed by the original artist’s mother, yet Pashley’s take on Thin Lizzy’s 'Dancing in The Moonlight' has been championed by none other than Philomena Lynott herself. On hearing the track Lynott described it as “a fabulous version of one of my favourite Philip’s songs” praising the “big band sound” and not to mention his “velvet tones”. On guitar duty is the legendary Chris Spedding, who played alongside Phil Lynott prior to the formation of Thin Lizzy. An effortlessly jazzy arrangement, with swelling horns is underpinned by a haunting guitar; the track is a triumph.
His acoustic guitar take on Sam Cooke’s seminal classic ‘Cupid’ is a smooth, steady percussive rendition. Pashley’s vocals are soft, emotive and easy like Sunday morning.
Another original track, the Latin flavoured ‘Muchachita', with its impassioned vocals and lilting tones instantly transports you to an exotic paradise. Aimed squarely at the European market, Pashley intones Hispanic promises in a seductive upbeat and playful manner.
As a bold statement Pashley pays tribute to fellow Sheffield musicians The Arctic Monkeys, making a great cover of their modern classic 'I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor'. Pashley embraces the melodic qualities of the original, serving up a cool take that sashays with bold brass and a swagger.
By contrast, an uproaring rock-infused take on 'Sunshine of Your Love' stomps along at a relentless pace, whilst retaining its jazzy edges accentuated by dramatic horns and Pashley’s commanding and assured delivery.
Rounding off the collection is the bright and breezy interpretation of Ray Charles 'I’ve Got a Woman'. This dramatic take goes for the jugular, packing a punch with swirling organs, brass, providing a perfect showcase for Pashley’s bluesy vocals, dripping with soul, whilst retaining that all important element of jazz.
Overall Pashley’s first collection offers swagger, sass, swing and soul enveloped in a tidy smooth package. He is backed by twelve world class arrangements and a wealth of talented musicians that contribute to an outstanding debut. Pashley retains his trademark smoothness, whilst flirting with both contemporary and classic styles. A consummate showman, the album reflects the multi-faceted artist Pashley is today. A solid and cohesive debut, this should ensure a successful career for this bright talent with even more to come..
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