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Sara Mitra: April Song (Impossible Ark)

Sara Mitra: April Song (Impossible Ark)

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UK release date 12.10.2010

Some light airy and pastural jazziness seems to be the order of the day with new Tru Thoughts artist Sara Mitra. Taking a new honed approach due to her transition into motherhood seems to have done the trick 'April Song' is the perfect palette for this wondrous singer. Full of melody and exceptional chops from a young but sterling cast of today's jazzers.

'Life On A Look' really is a scorcher too with its bass clarinet loveliness and choice trumpet solo by Fulvia Sigurta (who I happened to see blow up a storm at the Bull's Head Barnes recently). Fresh sounding and free from cliched rhetoric Sara is left to her own special devices and nails a good melody everytime.

The moody 'Old Country' is the highlight for me spooky organ and graceful singing it's a shame i'ts not a bit longer but it's the perfect autumnal vignette put this on and savour a good single malt by a roaring fire, you'll get the gist! However I don't want to give you the wrong idea her lyrical topic is an essential part of her make up self revelatory and reflective just check 'Sunday Morning.' Her vocals are smokey as a bbq on this sensual and suave piece of work.

With husband and co-arranger for the album Tim Giles (drums) it seems like a partnership made in heaven, watch this girl closely she's definately got the jazzy goods. Sara Mitra will be launching her new record at the Vortex jazz club in London on 8th November. It will be a good opportunity to catch this vibrant new talent in an intimate setting.
Words Emrys Baird

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