Jacqui Dankworth - It Happens Quietly

There is no doubt that Jacqui Dankworth has a fantastic voice, hardly surprising considering that her mother is the legendary Cleo Laine and her father the late John Dankworth. But her voice is wasted on this collection of ballads that are often extended way beyond breaking point with unnecessary and pointless noodling that benefit neither the song nor the singer. It’s not until the album closer ‘The Folks Who Live On The Hill’ that the arrangement actually fits the bill with its gentle classical guitar providing the perfect foil to Dankworth’s lilting voice. It’s just a shame we had to wait for over fifty minutes to get to such treasure. For lovers of mellow and occasionally wistful jazz, this will be a pleasant Sunday morning album but for the rest of us it is unassuming and, ultimately, rather dull.



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