New album – City Lights
City Lights is the debut jazz album for Bella Groove.
Conceived by Elise Walsh (composer, vocalist and flautist), the album has been described as an eclectic mix of originals and jazz standards.
The album includes some standards that range from upbeat swing to a beautiful ballad by Coltrane. Her flute playing is showcased on the track, Serenade to a Cuckoo by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
The journey finishes with a soul number that leaves you bumping to the beat as you queue it up for another play.
The highights of the album have to be the original tracks.
With each listening you pick up something new – a cool guitar lick, a tasty piano chord or a moaning slide on the bass. The whole band are truly fine musicians, their talent shows in the music.
The originals represent a different aspect of Elise’s influences and taste. Full of catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
We hope you enjoy listening to City Lights many times.
.. led by vocalist and flautist Elise Walsh, a reminder that this city was once a serious contender for the title of jazz capital.Helen Musa
… some seriously good playing, too, from some seriously good players.Eric Pozza
Elise Walsh (lead vocals, flute)
Hugh Barrett (piano), Victor Rufus (guitar)
Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet), John Mackey (saxophone)
Eric Ajaye (double bass, electric bass), John Burgess (electric bass & strings)
Steve Fitzgerald (drums), Mark Sutton (drums)
Juanita Cucinotta & Francine Minjoy (backing vocals)
City Lights album now available online
The album is available as a streaming digital album. You can also purchase the CD on Bandcamp.