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PETER BERN­STEIN Signs Live ★★★★ Smoke Ses­sions

Gui­tarist Peter Bern­stein jokes in his an­nounce­ments on this live ses­sion that the launch party for

Signs Live was a long time com­ing. In De­cem­ber 1994, four then lesser-known twen­tysome­thing jazz mu­si­cians as­sem­bled in New York to record

Signs of Life, Bern­stein’s sec­ond al­bum for the Criss Cross la­bel. Since then, bassist Chris­tian McBride, drum­mer Gre­gory Hutchin­son and pi­anist Brad Mehldau have es­tab­lished them­selves among the lead­ing voices of their gen­er­a­tion (in Mehldau’s case, ar­guably the de­fin­i­tive voice), but as a quar­tet, they never got around to per­form­ing live. This en­gross­ing dou­ble-CD puts right the omis­sion, with four mas­ters of the Amer­i­can main­stream lis­ten­ing, re­spond­ing, reach­ing out, show­ing how just how far each has trav­elled in the in­ter­ven­ing years. smoke­ses­sion­srecords.com COR­MAC LARKIN

LIANE CARROLL The Right to Love ★★★★ Quiet Money

English vo­cal­ist Liane Carroll can in­habit a song so con­vinc­ingly, even the most fa­mil­iar stan­dards take on new di­men­sions and un­ex­pected mean­ings. The Hast­ings-born singer’s 10th al­bum – her fourth with trum­peter and ar­ranger James McMil­lan at the con­trols – is a paean to love (or the lack of it), clas­sic stan­dards such as

Sky­lark and Ge­or­gia on my Mind, along with only slightly lesser known gems from Jac­ques Brel, Tom Waits and Ste­vie Won­der, drawn to­gether like the plot of some post-ro­man­tic movie. McMil­lan’s deft, uncliched ar­range­ments pro­vide soul­ful set­tings for a unique voice in UK jazz, a lithe, joy­ous, fear­less one that can strike that elu­sive bal­ance be­tween style and sub­stance. lianecar­roll.co.uk COR­MAC LARKIN

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