The Passion release debut album after ten years
Although recorded in 2002 and achieving a cult following among vocal fans, "One Good Reason", the debut album by jazz supergroup The Passion receives its official commercial release on July 21st 2008 on Q Note Records (Distributed by Universal Music).
The album, which features the vocal talent of three of Britain's finest singers, Jacqui Dankworth, Liane Carroll and Sara Colman - with Liane also playing piano - has only ever been available at concerts and has become a classic British underground jazz favourite among those lucky enough to have picked up a copy. The group was founded over ten years ago after a booking error meant that the three singers turned up to perform a duet!
"It was just something that happened by accident for one gig, and we all had such a great time we decided to do it more often. We found a name for the group and made a show of it. We've had a wonderful ten years and it's lovely to see the record being properly released after all this time." Jacqui Dankworth
The group finally decided to release the album to commemorate their ten year partnership and to also mark the end of the collaboration as ALL of their solo careers have taken off incredibly over the last five years with Liane, Jacqui and Sara all winning several awards and accolades including BBC Jazz awards and nominations.
The record features mostly original songs written by one or more of the trio and some wonderful arrangements of songs by writers Laura Nyro, Fran Landesman and Loudon Wainwright III including the quirky "Swimming Song" that was previewed on the BBC Radio 2 show "Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch" to great public acclaim.
JACQUI DANKWORTH has been described by John Fordham, The Observer, as having the most flexible and expressive voice of her generation, regardless of genre. Her albums "As the Sun Shines Down on Me", and "Detour Ahead" were both Sunday Observer CDs of the week and are regularly played on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM. As well as her nomination for the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Jazz Awards, Best Vocalist, Jacqui was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from UEA. She has a devoted and ever-expanding audience, largely performing with her own band. Jacqui's collaborations include work with the BBC Big Band, the Brodsky Quartet, Curtis Stigers, Gerard Prescencer and Courtney Pine.
LIANE CARROLL achieved the feat of winning two categories at the 2005 BBC Radio 2 Jazz Awards and followed this up by being selected as best vocalist at the 2006 Marston Pedigree British Jazz Awards (The Jazz Oscars!). She grew up in Hastings, starting her professional jazz career at the age of 15. Since then she has acquired an army of fans, performing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and London's 606 Club. Liane was the subject of a critically acclaimed BBC4 documentary which featured her performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival – now available on DVD.
SARA COLMAN started out as a pianist and was writing songs in her teens even before she studied music at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Her debut solo album "Spellbound" was original material and her writing and arranging skills have led to commissions for artist such as Black Voices. Sara was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 "Sold on Song" songwriting competition. Her formidable talent is just emerging on the national scene and she was among the elite group of artists selected for the Jerwood series of Rising Star concerts at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and in 2006 she was a recipient of one of the inaugural Birmingham Jazz Awards.
The group wrote the lyrics for the song "Come To Us" for Cliff Richard's "Cliff At Christmas" album.
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