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Twelve Stories:
December 2013
(the latest CD
from Zoe Gilby)

Label: 33 Jazz
Zoe Gilby, vocals;
Noel Dennis, trumpet
and flugelhorn;
Mark Williams, guitar;
Andy Champion, bass;
Richard Brown, drums.

Twelve Stories is the third album by Zoe Gilby. Her previous releases were Now That I am Real (2007) and Looking Glass (2010).
Her latest offering is a collection of original material composed by Zoe Gilby, her husband, bassist, Andy Champion, and guitarist, Mark Williams, both of whom also appear on the album. As the title implies, the selections are a mixture of narrative and atmosphere.
There is no doubting that Zoe Gilby possesses a highly distinctive and instantly recognisable voice and projects it with considerable versatility, passion and variation of emotion and mood. Compare, for instance, the punchy Is It Me? with the reflective melancholia of It never entered my mind.
This eclectic approach is maintained throughout the album to great effect. It is this constant variety, together with the individual portraits within each track, which makes this album such compelling listening. The support of the rhythm section is an essential part of the whole and provides a significant influence on the impact of Gilby’s vocals.
The material selected has been described as an adventurous blend from Kate Moss to Pink Floyd adapted to the sensitive treatment of jazz standards.
Listening to this album, one suspects live gigs by Zoe Gilby must inevitably be packed with emotion, passion and sentiment.
All About Jazz, USA, has said of her: A wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction, which she uses skilfully to unveil her moods. It’s clear that she’s already found her own voice.
Zoe Gilby is surely destined to become a major player on the stage of contemporary jazz.
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