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Tina May: 52nd Street (and Other Tales) review – a fitting tribute to Duncan Lamont

The songs of the late, great Scottish saxophonist, composer and songwriter are done full justice by vocalist Tina May and the James Pearson Trio. The late Duncan Lamont was a remarkable man: jazz saxophonist, first-call session musician, composer and highly original songwriter. He was also uniquely productive, intent on writing a song a day – “because you never know when a good one will turn up”. When one did, it was likely to be a sharp little vignette of a person or a place: Hymn for Jobim, The Algonquin Hotel, Fred Astaire, The Apartment – all among the 13 of his songs here. Tina May is just the right person to sing them too, with the sensitivity to step gently into a persona and the technique to handle the bravura intricacies of 52nd Street, a song celebrating the jazz hotspot of 1940s New York.
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‘A Yellow Ribbon (And Love)’: Christmas song by Duncan Lamont

Two good friends of LJN, vocalist Esther Bennett and pianist Terence Collie, have recorded a Christmas song by the much-missed Duncan Lamont. Esther tells us:. “A Yellow Ribbon (and Love) is one of many Christmas songs that Blossom Dearie asked Duncan Lamont to compose and which appeared on her Christmas album.”