Beate S. Lech

vocal + samplers

Marius Reksjø

bass

Erik Holm

drums

Beady Belle (Beate S. Lech) returns with her new album – the appropriately titled “On My Own” – on Jazzland Recordings.

Recorded at Eastside Sound Studio in New York City, the album features a strong – but not overpowering – undercurrent of 70s soul and vocal jazz, mixtures of intimacy and exuberance, and pulsations both urban and urbane.

The musicians include Bugge Wessletoft (who is also the album’s producer) on keys, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass and Joshua Redman on saxophone. While primarily an album of superb songs highlighting Beady’s honey-smooth-yet-gutsy voice, the musicians are given plenty of room to shine, with high-end solos and great chops on display throughout. Beady’s compositional and lyrical skills are also showcased here as never before, offering us further dimensions only hinted at on previous releases. Melodically gripping, harmonically intricate, lyrically intelligent (without pretentiousness), and underpinned by solid grooves, the songs mine rich seams to bring many treasures for fans and newcomers alike. Whether warm and easy-going like a smoky late evening bar, or bright and sunny (with your iced coffee of choice), the album moves through a huge variety of moods, hues and colors, tones and shades.

Further backline support comes from Mathias Eick, whose dark side of the mood trumpet lines weave gracefully with Beady Belle’s vocals, while Audun Sandvik’s cello on “Almost” adds a unique resonance that lends the song a cinematic quality. Torun Eriksen and Anja Martine Mørk accompany on backing vocals with a high level of perfection, sounding as one. The album’s guitar chops are provided by Fran Cathcart, and round out the diverse palette that constitutes a jewel in the Beady Belle crown.

However, the true glint of that jewel is, as always, the stunning voice of Beady Belle herself, plaintive, seductive, exuberant, moody, evocative and unique. With each new release, Beady Belle’s voice has become richer, more capable, and laced with nuance and subtle expressiveness. Simply put, there is no-one else like her.

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