ALBUMS

New LIVE album released 9th JUNE!

Working Day And Night, new album CD by Kevin Fitzsimmons BUY Here On iTunes   /   BUY Here on Amazon

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Debut album ‘SHOW MArtwork 1608 x 1608E THE WAY’

Jazzwise review

FEATURED IN: Jazzwise Magazine,  Marlbank, The Irish Independent, London Jazz News, UK Vibe (Jazz Culture Online), Jazz Camera, Street Cred Magazine,  The Northern Echo, The Stage  RADIO PLAY: BBC RADIO ULSTER, BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE, BBC RADIO STOKE, BBC RADIO HEREFORD & WORCESTER, UK JAZZ RADIO.COM, WAVE 102FM, MARLOW 97.5FM, RIDGE RADIO, BLAST 1386

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PERSONNEL

KEVIN FITZSIMMONS: voice, lyrics (1,3,8,11,13) music (3,8,11)  |  LEON GREENING: piano (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10), Fender Rhodes electric piano (2,1), Wurlitzer EP200 piano (12)  |  MATT FISHWICK: drums |  DOMINIC HOWLES: bass  |  STEVE FISHWICK: trumpet (1,2,4,12)  |  ALEX GARNETT: Tenor sax (1,2,4,12)  |  GARETH LOCKRANE: flute (7,8,9,11)  |  DEREK NASH: alto sax (1), tenor sax (13)

 

TRACK LIST

1. BLUE FOR YOU (K Fitzsimmons/D Nash)

2. NORWEGIAN WOOD (J Lennon/P McCartney)

3. VIEWS FROM THE QUAYSIDE, SLIGHTLY INTOXICATED (K Fitzsimmons/L Greening)

4. IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME (C. Porter)

5. IT WORRIES ME (F Schulz-Reichel/ C Sigman)

6. LUSH LIFE (B. Strayhorn)

7. MOVING (G.Coombes/M Quinn/ D. Goffey/ R. Coombes)

8. THERE MUST BE SOMETHING OUT THERE (K Fitzsimmons)

9. I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME (M. Malneck/F Signorelli/G Kahn)

10. YOU GO TO MY HEAD (J.F. Coots/H. Gillespie)

11. SHOW ME THE WAY (K Fitzsimmons)

12. YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME (P. Weller)

13. MULTICOLOURED MISERY (K Fitzsimmons /D Nash)

Recorded to 24 track analog master tape at Cowshed Studio London, mixed by the studio’s Joe Leach, mastered by Derek Nash at Clowns Pocket Studios Kent and produced by Kevin Fitzsimmons.  Cover Art by Kevin Fitzsimmons (www.jazzwurx.co.uk). All songs were arranged under direction of Kevin Fitzsimmons except: Track 1 (A. Garnett & L Greening), Track 4 (A Garnett), Track 7 & 12 (D Howles)

The new afro-cuban arrangement of It’s Alright With Me made it’s public debut on 16th November 2011 (at Boisdale Canary Wharf) recorded live by Jazz FM for their Discovery Show – a series of live one hour concerts for broadcast the week after recording. Kevin’s version of Norwegian Wood predate’s Kurt Elling’s 2011 album The Gate (there’s a live recording of Kevin & band performing it at Pizza On The Park gig in April 2010)! Blue For You made its instrumental debut on one of Derek Nash’s previous CD releases and Kevin added his lyrics later; their other collaboration on this album was written together in Clowns Pocket Studios.

“We seem to be living in a jazz vocal golden age at present. For many years the voice was consigned to the ‘easy listening’ end of the jazz spectrum and vocally turned on fans and musicians alike viewed the jazz singer as something of a guilty pleasure. Well, guilty no more – as Kevin Fitzsimmons proves on his new, sassy take on the genre, jazz singing can be a pleasure, unalloyed. And don’t take my word for it only; if the top jazz cats gathered here, all regular members of Kevin’s live group, dig the rhythmic spiel who are we to argue? There’s a difference, in any form of music, between a covers band and an outfit with more original things to say. Have a butchers at the song selection on Show Me The Way. A couple of standards, fair enough. They’re reconstituted with taste and verve – jazz was ever thus. But alongsde Cole P. and Billy S. sit Coombes, G and Weller, P and, perhaps surprisingly, they don’t suffer in the comparison; a sure sign that there’s some proper arranging going on here. And Kevin’s not afraid to demonstrate his own wares on the same market stall. His songs develop the well known themes of the golden age of popular song writing but transplanted, maybe, to the East End; transmogrified into a slice of contemporary life recognisable to us all. There’s craft in the writing, and a nicely judged sass in the delivery. The band swings like the clappers and all’s well with the world.”  Harmonia Mundi

SAMPLE PRESS QUOTES (full press reviews on Press/Reviews Page)

“Lovers of the jazz vocal mainstream have another star to follow” – JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“Fitzsimmons shows he is a thoroughbred jazz singer and can even swing a superior rock song such as “Paul Weller’s ‘You  Do Something To Me” – MARLBANK

“This most promising of debuts from Kevin Fitzsimmons is a very encouraging sign that modern jazz and male vocals are not  incompatible” - UKVIBE – JAZZ CLULTURE ONLINE

“Reminiscent of Kurt Elling’s in that Fitzsimmons isn’t afraid to nonchalantly wander off the melody line while still capturing the song’s essence” – JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

“Rich voice, mature phrasing and a superb sense of swing”JAZZ CAMERA

“Fitzsimmons is a fine singer/songwriter who’s produced a very enjoyable album” – NORTHERN ECHO

 

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