Review: The Abbey Road Sessions

Sunday Business Post

Cormac Larkin, June 2011


One of the most highly regarded British jazz singers of his generation, Ian Shaw combines the range and technical agility expected of a jazz singer with the vulnerability and emotional depth needed to sing songs that resonate with grown-ups.

For his latest album, he has assembled an eclectic group of musicians – including legendary bassist Peter Ind, American drummer Gene Caldarazzo and Dublin-based pianist Phil Ware – and brought them into Abbey Road's famous live room with a set list that strikes an excellent balance between old and new.

Solid gold standards like Skylark and Darn that Dream are given a contemporary treatment, while Shaw's arrangements of pop songs like Human Nature and Stuck in the Middle with You deftly transform them into vehicles for his mobile vocals.

The result is a very approachable collection of tunes, given a very hip spin by a proper jazz singer.