Songbook

 

voice & lyrics georgia mancio                    

piano & music alan broadbent

double bass oli hayhurst

drums & percussion dave ohm

produced by andrew cleyndert    

 

                  

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“one of the most formidable songwriting partnerships of the 21st century”  Jazz Views

If we awarded stars to albums this one would rate a whole galaxy” Bebop Spoken Here  

“An album of outstanding beauty and power”  Jazzwise 4 **** Recommended

“these tender Broadbent-Mancio songs and Mancio’s delicious vocal delivery, Songbook is pure perfection” JazzWax (US)

 

Songbook is the exquisite new album of originals Georgia has co-written with double Grammy award-winning pianist/composer/arranger Alan Broadbent (Natalie Cole, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney).

A haunting, hip and harmonious collection of stories within stories. Alan’s sophisticated melodies and peerless arranger’s ear find their perfect match in Georgia’s superbly crafted lyrics of both beauty and bite. Through journeys and resting places, childhood and old age; from bebop to brooding ballads and bossa novas: Songbook continues the lineage of the great jazz writing partnerships but thematically and musically looks to setting the new standards of the future with poise, passion and unmistakable personality.

This beautiful, groundbreaking album features bespoke illustrations by acclaimed artist, Simon Manfield, and was launched with a sell out headline show at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s.

 

1.
The Journey Home 1.00
2.
The Last Goodbye 1.00
3.
Someone’s Sun 1.00
4.
Cherry Tree 1.00
5.
Small Wonder 1.00
6.
One For Bud 1.00
7.
Hide Me From The Moonlight 1.00
8.
Forever 1.00
9.
Close To The Moon 1.00
10.
Where The Soft Winds Blow 1.00
11.
Lullaby For MM 1.00


“special” Kind of Jazz 4 ****

“There’s the sense of an hour standing still with this recording … such is its affecting dedication to craft – and certainly a highlight of 2017 so far” AP Reviews

“an exciting and sophisticated new partnership…superb” All About Jazz 4 1/2 **** (UK/US)

“rare to find a songwriting and performing partnership so well matchedThe Observer 4****

“superb life-drawn lyrics [sung] with clarity and feeling”  Sandy Brown Jazz

“This collection…glows with the kind of craft, style and elegance that was routine in the Golden Age of Song but us a rare delight today….triumphant collaboration” MOJO 4**** CD of the Month

“Pianist and composer Alan Broadbent has found his lyricist. Further good news: in their Songbook, Georgia Mancio sings her words to Broadbent’s songs with taste, feeling and faultless intonation.” Rifftides (US) 

“It’s refreshing to hear new material that sounds both modern and timeless” Jazz Weekly (US)

“The velvety voice and clear articulation of  Mancio perfectly match the melodic playing of Broadbent, creating twelve highly intense songs of timeless elegance” Jazz Podium (Germany)

“These are sophisticated well-crafted songs, and the musicianship is outstanding. Georgia Mancio’s singing is appropriately elegant, Alan Broadbent’s playing is immaculate, and Oli Hayhurst and Dave Ohm provide faultless bass and percussion throughout”  LondonJazz

“they’ve wowed audiences…with their whip smart quartet and original tunes that tell stories and sound like classics…lovely album” Evening Standard ****

illustrations by simon manfield