Friday, February 15, 2013

Jim Tomlinson - Only Trust Your Heart

This is a pleasant, very traditional jazz offering from British tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, who is strongly influenced by the suave, pre-bop style of Lester Young. Leading off with a "Sweet Georgia Brown"-based original called "Makin' Brownies," Tomlinson and band establish a confident, swinging feel that sets up strong solos by the leader, pianist John Pearce, and guitarist Colin Oxley. Bassist Simon Thorpe and drummer Steve Brown ably handle rhythm section duties throughout. Trumpeter Guy Barker and vocalist Stacey Kent (Tomlinson's wife) make three guest appearances each. Kent is especially good on Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So and So." Tomlinson displays a sensitive touch on the ballads "Only the Lonely," "Just a Child," and "What Will I Tell My Heart?" He also does well on the bossa novas: Johnny Mandel's "El Cajon," Jobim's "If You Never Come to Me," and the title track. On Hans Koller's "Vienna Blues" and Colin Oxley's "Blue Corners," Tomlinson and his group make it very clear that Brits are no strangers to that quintessentially American idiom, the blues. On the whole, a fine album, but its very inoffensiveness might actually be a shortcoming. - by David R. Adler, AMG

Since completing a postgraduate year at the London Guildhall School of Music, Jim has earned a growing reputation on the jazz scene as an accomplished saxophonist in the mold of Lester Young and Stan Getz, equally at home in mainstream and modern settings. He first became known through his playing with NYJO. His ballad style, described by Humphrey Lyttelton as 'like Lester Young on valium' is heard to perfection on several tracks, notably Only The Lonely and What Will I Tell My Heart. His gorgeous tone is admirably suited to to the Bossa treatments of Only Trust Your Heart and If You Never Come To Me. Guest appearances by Guy Barker and Stacey Kent on several tracks set the seal on this highly impressive debut from 2000. - from,

Artist: Jim Tomlinson
Album: Only Trust Your Heart
Year: 2000
Label: Candid
Runtime: 57:59

1.  Makin' Brownies (Jim Tomlinson) 5:22
2.  Only the Lonely (Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen) 5:04
3.  I'm Just a Lucky So and So (Duke Ellington/Mack David) 5:23
4.  Only Trust Your Heart (Benny Carter/Sammy Cahn) 5:55
5.  Just a Child (Johnny Mandel) 6:28
6.  Vienna Blues (Hans Koller) 5:02
7.  Glad to Be Unhappy (Richard Rodgers/Lorentz Hart) 4:53
8.  El Cajon (Johnny Mandel/David Frishberg) 5:21
9.  Blue Corners (Colin Oxley) 4:55
10.  What Will I Tell My Heart (Jack Lawrence/Pete Tinturin/Irving Gordon) 5:02
11.  If You Never Come to Me (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Ray Gilbert/Aloysio Oliveira) 4:34

Jim Tomlinson (Tenor Saxophone)
Colin Oxley (Guitar)
John Pearce (Piano)
Simon Thorpe (Double Bass)
Steve Brown (Drums)
Guy Barker (Trumpet) - 3,5,10
Stacey Kent (Vocals) - 3,7,11


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