Mary May | This Is What You Are

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This Is What You Are

by Mary May

' This is what you are' swoops from sassy swinging grooves with horn section to intimate ballads performed with pizazz by Scottish Jazz Singer Mary May in her debut album '
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Black Nile
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2. Watching Me, Watching You
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3. Meet Me, Midnight
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4. Late, Late Show
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5. Kisses in the Rain
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6. Jeannine
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7. Sunday Kind of Love
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8. The Way You Look Tonight
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9. I Love Being Here With You
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10. Where Were You (When I Needed You)
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11. Everything Must Change
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12. This is What You Are
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Album Notes
Debut album from Scottish Jazz SInger Mary May featuring Alan King (piano, organ, fender rhodes), Ray Leonard (electric and acoustic bass), Colin Black (Guitar), Jim Gardiner (Drums, congas), Eddie McGovern (trombone), Alan Haggart (flugelhorn, trumpet), Craig Dawson (alto sax)
'Damn Good Album'



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Michael Cormack

This Is What You Are - Mary May
Really love this CD, been playing it non-stop since I bought it. Mary is a great singer and the band is fantastic.

Jim Brooks

Baby's Awake Now
Over the past few years, Mary May has built up a sizable, loyal following on the Scottish jazz scene, and “This is What You Are” shows exactly why. Some ten years ago she released “Dear Ruby”, a subtle, sensitive two-hander with Paul Harrison on piano, an uncommonly assured first album which marked her out as a talent to watch. We’ve had a long wait for a follow-up, but it has been well worthwhile.

Capturing the essence of a singer as individual as Mary May in words is a risky business. If forced, I’d say the timbre is 60/40 Peggy Lee/Billie Holiday, the vocalising an intriguing blend of instinct and intelligence. Over the years I have come to believe that whether we’re talking jazz or not, the text is just as important as the music, especially in ballads. It’s a constant delight to hear how Mary contrives to achieve that balance without losing the jazz feel, no matter what sort of number, and “This is what you are” is an ambitiously wide-ranging CD, running the gamut from Barry Manilow’s catchy “Meet me, midnight” arranged for the full band to “Everything must change” by Bernard Ighner, featuring exquisite guitar playing from Colin Black. Throughout there’s an emotional depth and honesty to Mary’s singing, but her sly sense of humour is never far away, keeping the listener on his toes.

The arrangements (apart from Mary’s for “The way you look tonight”) are by bassist Ray Leonard and are much more than a showcase for Mary’s vocals, fitting the numbers like a glove and providing lots of opportunities for the band to shine. They have worked together for some time, which shows in playing that is precise yet deceptively relaxed. The sound is excellent, with plenty of body and plenty of space around the voice, but no lack of detail.

There's a neat but neglected Rodgers and Hart song that begins "Baby's awake now, baby can do things...." Full of snappy optimism, it's just how I feel about this album and the place Mary's in right now. It passes the ultimate test; the more you listen, the more you find in it and the better you like “This Is What You Are”.

Rose Leckie

Love this !
I heard this band last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and they were amazing. I just heard the CD and it is absolutely fab - great songs and lots of energy - the musicianship is awesome and the vocals are excellent. The songs are all very good - it's an album which you can pay and play and always find something new to enjoy. The songs run the gamut of what you could want to hear in a CD - some really sad moving ones like 'Everything must Change' all the way to the funny and very catchy Barry Manilow number 'Meet Me, Midnight'. I loved the organ too, really hip. Well worth a listen.