Album: Nostalgia 77 Sessions, Keith & Julie Tippett, (Tru Thoughts)

Reviewed,Phil Johnson
Thursday 16 January 2014 04:57

This should be big news: hip experimentalists Nostalgia 77 are joined by the royal couple of UK free jazz to play a listener-friendly, retro-ish mixture of bop, blues and folk-tinged songs.

As Julie was once Julie Driscoll – the grittier, jazzier Dusty Springfield who sang "This Wheel's on Fire" with Brian Auger and the Trinity – and she hasn't sung, nor pianist Keith played, tunes like this for 40 years, the rarity value is huge. And she sounds absolutely great.

Pick of the album: 'Lapis Blue': Julie's beautiful boppish ballad

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