2017 gets garlanded by another beauty: Peter Horsfall’s elegant dark debut album “Nighthawks” (APP Records), 38 minutes and 25 seconds of musical poetry, an album that will be played over and over.
With 5 original compositions, co-written with Giacomo Smith (who plays alto sax on the album) as well as some innovative interpretations of tracks by Barry Harris and Duke Ellington, Horsfall releases what I will define as one of the gems of this year’s collection of music! Giacomo Smith’s awesome solos on the album add a slick touch to tracks like “Nighthawks” and “Secretly” (my favourite on the album, although it was difficult to choose!) or even “Sunset & The Mockingbird” (D Ellington), playing that is truly individual and refreshing.
“Can’t stop lovin’ you” is soulful, melodic and refined by the backing vocals of Cherise Coryna Adams-Burnett and Renato Paris.
With a perfect atmosphere of night-time magic and alluring mystery, “Nighthawks” reminds me of one of those Atkinson Grimshaw’s paintings where the moonlit landscapes make our spirit soar onto a different dimension. And…as if the above is not enough, there is a little treat on the visual art side, too, the great Cécile McLorin Salvant’s painted 3 watercolours to decorate the album.
Nighthawks | Then I Saw You | Interlude I | Secretly | Paradise | Interlude II – | Sunset and the Mockingbird | Couldn?t Stop Loving You | Interlude III | This Is Goodbye
Peter Horsfall, Vocals | Giacomo Smith, Alto Saxophone | Joe Webb, Piano | Pedro Segundo, Drums | Ferg Ireland Bass | Cherise Coryna Adams-Burnett, Renato Paris, backing vocals.
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Last modified: July 15, 2018