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JOHN ETHERIDGE and VIMALA ROWE

The duo of legendary English guitarist with sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe has become one of the sensations of the past year, with their album chosen in the Guardian’s year end list. Jazz standards, and songs from India, Africa make for a night to remember.

“National Treasure” – Birmingham Post

“Young singer Vimala Rowe took the role of Billie Holiday in Alex Webb’s music-theatre show Cafe Society Swing, but though flawless tributes to the great jazz vocalists are a speciality of hers, she is also an award-winning original composer, a sometime rap artist, and a world musician trained in Hindustani classical techniques. This beautiful album pairs her with chameleonic British guitarist John Etheridge, who has worked with Stephane Grappelli, Soft Machine and John Williams. The pair sweep across musical horizons here: from the terrifying Nina Simone-like opening and quietly impassioned intimacies of Blue Breeze; the imploring east African ballad Malaika, sung in Swahili; to an Aramaic prayer given a haunting treatment of almost motionless power; and an effortlessly resonant account of Detour Ahead.” – Guardian

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