Laura Ainsworth: New Vintage (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland

This is the third album by Laura Ainsworth, accompanied again by Brian Piper (piano, producer, arranger), John Adams (bass), Steve Barnes (drums), Chris McGuire (sax, clarinet), Rodney Booth (trumpet) and Dana Sudborough (vibes). She has a voice and style that doesn’t belong to this century, let alone this decade. Laura is reaching back in time, and that some of the songs contained on this album haven’t been recorded for more than fifty years. This is music from the 40’s and 50’s, with even new songs chosen deliberately that sit within that style. She can gently sway in the bossa nova beat of “An Occasional Man” or slow it right down and be the sultry smooth singer reminiscent of the likes of Julie London. Laura’s father was Billy Ainsworth who played sax in big bands, and the early exposure to soft and classic jazz has obviously had a major impact. Close your eyes, and drift into a different world.

Rating: 6/10

Track list:
That’s How I Got My Start // I’ll Take Romance // Where Did the Magic Go // An Occasional Man // Wasting My Love on You // Nevertheless // A Little Jive Is Good for You // The Man I Love Is Gone // All About You // Nothing Can Replace a Man // It’s a Nuisance Having You Around // Long Ago and Far Away and You Stepped out of a Dream // I Once Knew a Fella


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