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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Acrobats
Artist - Jo Lawry / Allison Miller / Linda May Han Oh

For those unaware, Australian vocalist Jo Lawry has forged an impressive solo career with a global fan base, while earning deep respect as a musicianís singer within and beyond jazz circles.

Sheís also spent nearly a decade performing and recording with Sting and has worked with Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. The two albums she released as a singer/songwriter/producer, Taking Pictures (2015) and The Bathtub and the Sea (2017) garnered critical acclaim.

Now, more than 10 years since her last solo jazz album, Lawry presents Acrobats, unequivocally returning to the genre alongside globally in-demand bassist Linda May Han Oh and versatile drummer Allison Miller.

Acrobats is a playful album embodying both the freedom and exquisite complexity of jazz. The genesis for the project came about by Lawry setting herself a challenge: I thought, what is the hardest thing I could do? And the answer was a trio album: voice, bass and drums, where Iím trying to function like a horn player and weíre providing the whole landscape without the benefit of chords.

1. Travelling Light (2:50)
2. Acrobats (4:21)
3. Taking a Chance on Love (4:48)
4. Youíre The Top (2:21)
5. íDeed I Do (4:00)
6. Youíre The Voice (4:18)
7. Takes Two To Tango (4:04)
8. 317 East 32nd Street (5:01)
9. My Time of Day / Iíve Never Been in Love Before (4:49)
10 If I Were a Bell (5:52)

This melodically dulcet new album opens on the quietly frenetic Frank Loesser composition Travelling Light and then backs that up with the artistically drawn, titular Acrobats, and then we are brought her remarkable reworking of John Coltraneís Taking a Chance on Love, a drum-led, eager rendition of Cole Porterís Youíre The Top, and one of my own personal favorites, the finger-snapping íDeed I Do.

Along next is a quite wondrous take on John Farnumís massive worldwide rock hit, Youíre The Voice and then comes her softly intentioned duet with Oh on Takes Two To Tango, which are seamlessly followed by a Lennie Tristano tune, 317 East 32nd Street, and which is wholly scatted across and through, the album rounding out on the veritable gossamer of the conjoined pairing of Guys & Dollsí My Time of Day and the jazz standard Iíve Never Been in Love Before, coming to a close on the foot-tapping rhythms within If I Were a Bell.

Lawry reflects, This is the most playful and adventurous that Iíve been in the studio, and thatís down to the alchemy of this particular combination of people. The innate interconnectivity and trust between the members of this trio is palpable, much like a troupe of acrobats, and you need to have people that you know are going to catch you.

Collaboration and agility are at the core of this bold new record from three highly esteemed musicians, led by the visionary Lawry who presents this unconventional and inspired addition to the vocal jazz canon.

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