Comes a Time
Rating: 4 / 5
Occasionally an album has a song that makes you stop everything and listen. On jazz singer Sharny Russell’s new CD Comes a Time, that song is ‘Crossing The Line’, a simple but powerful questioning of men abusing women, as we have seen much of in the media lately. Russell’s poignant song is mesmerising.
The album is a fabulous mixture of contemporary jazz, well-loved standards and even a little music theatre. A gifted pianist/songwriter, many of the tracks are Russell’s own, and she uses her instrumentalists, including oboist David Nuttall and wind player Paul Cutlan, to great effect. She puts her own spin on Duke Ellington’s ‘I’m Beginning To See The Light’ and does a beautiful version of ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To His (Her) Face’ from My Fair Lady. Nine of the 13 tracks are penned by Russell, and they are all worth listening to.
This is a fine album from a lady who lives her jazz.