CD Review, Lauren Bush, Tide Rises

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Lauren Bush’s latest album, “Tide Rises,” stands as a showcase of her artistic growth and vision. With her previous release, “All My Treasures,” and a top-five finish in the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition under her belt, Bush has solidified her position as an emerging artist within the current vocal jazz scene.

One of the album’s most captivating aspects is Bush’s willingness to embrace originality and adaptation. Encouraged by the visionary guidance of Mighty Quinn Records’ CEO, Jerry Roche, she has ventured into the realm of songwriting, crafting new compositions and adapting existing works into fresh, compelling pieces. The title track, “Tide Rises,” is a prime example, born from the poetic musings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Bush’s versatility shines through her diverse repertoire, which includes a reimagined rendition of the synth-pop gem “Only You” by Yazoo (Vince Clarke), a lesser-known bossa nova by the beloved Earl Okin, “Madrugada,” and a masterful vocalese interpretation of Chet Baker’s classic “Do It the Hard Way,” retitled “Happier On My Own,” featuring the sublime trumpet work of Martin Shaw.

Thematically, “Tide Rises” explores the universal experiences of self-acceptance, growth, and the cyclical nature of life. Bush’s original composition, “Easy Does It,” a gospel-infused anthem featuring her Canadian collaborators Patrick Courtin and Matt Aasen, resonates with a powerful message of self-compassion and trusting one’s instincts. This theme echoes throughout the album, manifesting in tracks like “Nobody Else But Me” and “This Is Always.” The album’s exploration of growth, change, and the natural cycles of life is further amplified by the inclusion of Joni Mitchell’s poignant “Circle Game” and the uplifting standards “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “Joy Spring.”

Bush’s artistic vision is brought to life by a well chosen ensemble of musicians. Liam Dunachie, who has once again arranged all the songs and played piano, provides a solid foundation. David Ingamells anchors the rhythmic pulse on drums, while Conor Chaplin and Dave Manington contribute their unparalleled talents on various tracks. Notably, Nick Costley-White’s guitar work adds an emotional ambiance and improvised solos to four tracks, elevating the album’s sonic tapestry.

Stylistically, “Tide Rises” is a delightfully eclectic offering, ranging from straight-ahead swing to a more singer-songwriter approach on tracks like the title track and “Circle Game,” which stand as the most convincing and compelling pieces of the set.

While the entire album is a strong statement that solidifies Bush’s artistry, the standout track is undoubtedly the reimagined rendition of “Only You.” Originally a synth-pop gem, Bush’s interpretation breathes new life into the song, showcasing her ability to seamlessly blend genres and infuse her unique vocal style into familiar melodies.

In conclusion, “Tide Rises” is a strong offering that solidifies Lauren Bush’s position as an artist to keep your eye on. With her commitment to artistic growth, her ability to seamlessly blend genres, and her vocal prowess, Bush has crafted an album that resonates with authenticity, emotion, and a deep appreciation for the art form. “Tide Rises” is a must-listen for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike, offering a captivating journey through the ebb and flow of life’s experiences.

Lauren Bush, vocals | Liam Dunachie, piano | Dave Ingamells, Drums |Dave Manington, Bass | Conor Chaplin, Bass | Nick Costley-White, guitar | Martin Shaw, trumpet.

Track Listing:
1. Joy Spring | 2. Tide Rises | 3. Madrugada | 4. Circle Game | 5. Easy Does It | 6. Nobody Else But Me | 7. Happier On My Own | 8. Oh What A Beautiful Morning | 9. This Is Always | 10. Only You

Release Date: 6th October 2023
Format: CD | Streaming
Label: Mighty Quinn Records

Last modified: June 26, 2024