STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 134108-19944 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
This is the debut album from a New Zealand-born, Cambridge-based singer, songwriter and music teacher and hugely impressive it is too. It can best be described as jazz gospel and although Rudy names Betty Carter as a major musical influence for me her delightful tones were nearer to Billie Holliday or maybe Corinne Bailey Rae. Her songs are deft observations on life and the Kingdom with the haunting "Light" and the moving "Call Heaven Home" particular standouts. A customer review on iTunes enthused that Rudy's was "one of the most amazing voices that one can hear. . . very soulful and inspirational. . . and will blow a fresh wind through the genres of gospel and jazz." Maybe the customer's final comment, "This will soon be an album that becomes a top seller," is extremely optimistic considering the difficulties in distributing an independent release but he has rightly identified an impressive new talent to the UK scene.
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