CD Review by Eric Alan – Beverley Beirne with Jason Miles Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun (2018)

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Having stated my dislike “covers” in the previous review I must add that Jason Miles has done it once again by lending his considerable production, musical and arranging skills to Yorkshire based jazz vocalist Beverley Beirne who along with Jason Miles foray into the world 80’s pop anthems and turning the tunes into future jazz standards.

I must say on first glance at the track listing before listening to a track I didn’t want to like the album but on listening to it a couple of times it was a breath of fresh air and must state the I really like this album and hope there will be another in the same vain. Beverly has a pleasing voice and the interpretations and arrangements are killer.

The album titled Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun, released earlier this year, is what I believe needs be done when an artist decides to cover the classic pops songs of past generations, ok so these are from the 80’s Brit pop era, I mean after all the Great American Songbook came about because of the pop songs over the aeons. Now we have the beginnings of the Great British Songbook. I am very happy with the track listing and the songs covered, classic pop tunes of that decade, and what a cast of musical talent put together to create this, what I would like to call a tour de force. I don’t think anyone who took to and love the pop music of the 80’s will be unhappy with the treatment given these classics. I further think the songwriters will be exceedingly happy to bolster their pensions with the royalties derived from these wonderful re-interpretations of these 80’s classic anthems. Now that’s what I call a great “cover” album, and are the new standards of tomorrow.

How clever are you? Do you think you can you name the originators of all 12 tracks?

Track Listing:

  1. Cum On Feel The Noize (3.29)
  2. Prince Charming (2.40)
  3. Bette Davis Eyes (4.09)
  4. Ghost Town (3.30)
  5. Deeply Dippy (3.11)
  6. When Smokey Sings (6.58)
  7. Cruel Summer (3.04)
  8. Pop Muzik (4.50)
  9. Too Shy (2.39)
  10. Hot In The City (2.58)
  11. Waiting For A Girl Like You (4.56)
  12. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (2.29)

Musicians:

Beverley Beirne (vocals), Sam Watts (piano), Rob Hughes (saxophone/flute), Flo Moore (double bass), Ben Brown (drums), Romero Lubambo (guitar “Cruel Summer”); Dean Brown (guitar “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”); Jason Miles (Hammond B-3 organ “Deeply Dippy” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”)

Label: Nova/Universal.

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